What People are Saying...
||August 1, 2010 - Rick Kogan, Chicago Tribune columnist, writes about Ibrahim in his Sidewalks page.
Click here to read the text of his article.
July, 2010 - Geof Stone, University of Chicago Professor and Barack Obama colleague writes article in Huffington Post in support
of Ibrahim. Click here to read
the text of his post.
May, 2010 - Michigan State Senator Ron Jelinek introduced a resolution to the state Senate in support of
Ibrahim, calling for resoration of his permanent residency status and supporting a path to full U.S.
citizenship. Sen. Jelinek also invited Ibrahim to speak before the Senate Appropriations Committee
on Wednesday, May 26th in Lansing.
to read the text of the resolution from a draft.
March, 2010 - The National Immigration Justice Center filed a brief as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in support
of Ibrahim's appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the findings of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
to read the brief.
February, 2010 - Ibrahim's legal team filed a brief requesting a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court
to challenge the findings of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
to read the brief.
Judge Martin of the Sixth Circuit Court wrote a strong dissent when the Court turned down Ibrahim's request
for a review by all 15 judges of the Sixth Circuit of the appellate panel's decision against Ibrahim.
Click here to
read Judge Martin's opinion.
The Legal team has filed a brief with the Sixth Circuit Court, a "petition for rehearing
with suggestion for rehearing en banc", which means a review by the entire panel of 15 judges.
Click here to read the brief. Another brief was
recently filed by the National Immigrant Justice Center and other organizations representing immigrants, that
brief being in support of Ibrahim. To read their brief, click
"Mr. Parlak is a good man and a model immigrant. He should be given the chance to
remain in the United States and continue the life that he has built for his community, his
daughter and himself all these years."
U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D - Michigan)
"Mr. Parlak should be given the chance to remain in his community and raise his daughter,
without any fear of arrest or deportation."
U.S. Representative Fred Upton (R - Michigan)
"Ibrahim Parlak has been a model immigrant vigorously asserting his right to remain in the United
States. He is not a threat to anyone..."
U.S. District Senior Judge Avern Cohn (Michigan)
"And there is nothing ordinary (or proper) about a proceeding infected from the start by extensive
reliance on evidence likely induced by torture, particularly where the IJ could not be bothered to do
more than copy and paste swaths of the government's briefs. Those errors cannot be wished away by
imaginative reconstruction immigrants deserve better."
"I remain hopeful, nevertheless, that this case is but a sad remnant of an era of paranoid, overzealous,
error-riddled, and misguided anti-terrorism and immigration enforcement now gone by the wayside."
Hon. Boyce F. Martin, Jr. (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit)
"As he investigates questions of U.S. torture abroad, here's hoping Holder examines the ongoing
domestic legal torture of Ibrahim Parlak."
Carol Marin (Chicago Sun Times)
"I have a dream that one day this world will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be
self-evident: that all humans are created equal. I have a dream that one day my uncle, Ibrahim Parlak will
be able to sit down together with his daughter without the fear of departing any moment and never seeing her
again. I have a dream that one day even in the country of Turkey, a country sweltering with the heat of injustice
and sweltering with the heat of oppression against the minority, the kurdish people will be transformed into an oasis
of freedom and justice. But at this moment in time this country is far away from this dream. Where they deny
this monority group to speak, write or read in their native language, to practice their culture and more severely
they deny their existence. I have a dream that my uncle, Ibrahin Parlak will one day live in a world where he
will not be judged by the color of his skin, his ethniticty nor his beliefs but by the content of his character... Yes,
I have a dream that humanity and justice will prevail one day in this world. Please help me and mankind to make
this dream come true!!! Please provide my uncle, Ibrahim Parlak his American Dream! I love you uncle (dayi). Thank
you for taking the time to read this."
Fatma Oeksuez, Ibrahim's niece