Parlak doesn't mince words about Turkish Consulate
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For more than 10 years, Kurdish asylum seeker Ibrahim Parlak has been at odds with some who suggest that he should be deported to Turkey.
Today as his case is under review by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, he fought back against Turkish officials, who he said, won't be greeting him with kindness if he is sent back.
"The Turkish consulate definitely verifies they want me there," he said.
Parlak held up documents to reporters that he says shows communication between the Turkish government and the Department of Homeland Security dating back to 2002.
"They're not going to greet me with roses," he added.
Parlak--a Berrien County man--has been under the scrutiny of U.S. immigration for years, was at risk of being deported to Turkey recently, before an extension was granted.
Ibrahim Parlak has lived in the United States for more than two decades. He says he fears just one thing, should he be deported back to Turkey.
"Getting killed...that's it," he said back in 2015 in an interview with Newschannel 3.
Parlak--a Kurd born in Turkey--came to the U.S. in 1991 seeking asylum, which was granted the following year.
The U.S. government has claimed Parlak once had ties to the PKK--the Kurdistan worker's party--which the U.S. has classified as a terrorist group.
Parlak says he was a Kurdish activist. He spent 10 months in the Calhoun County Jail, from 2004 to 2005, and says he's been fighting deportation ever since.
"America, what did I do? I live most of my adult life in America, 25 years. I didn't do anything wrong," he said.
He owns a cafe in Berrien County, and also has an 18-year-old daughter.
Parlak now awaits a decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who provided a brief statement to Newschannel 3.
"ICE is presently conducting a review of Mr. Parlak's case, therefore his removal is not imminent," wrote Khaalid Walls, a spokesperson for ICE.
"Mr. Parlak is, however, subject to periodic reporting requirements."