HARBERT, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – A southwestern Michigan cafe owner who the U.S. government says hid his ties to a group labeled a terrorist organization has been granted a 90-day extension of a deferral that has kept him from being deported.
The Department of Homeland Security gave Ibrahim Parlak the extension Wednesday, according to a report in the Kalamazoo Gazette. His 2-year deportation deferral was to expire at midnight Thursday.READ MORE: Michigan Moves To Fund Mental Health Like Physical Health
Parlak runs Café Gulistan in Berrien County’s Harbert.READ MORE: Michigan Matters: Impacting Health & Well-Being Across Metro Region
He immigrated in 1991 after being convicted in Turkey of supporting the Kurdish separatist movement. Parlak has said torture was used to gather evidence against him in that case.
Parlak’s attorney, Robert Carpenter, is seeking to have the deportation deferred permanently and has filed a motion with the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals to have the case reopened.MORE NEWS: Detroit Police Department To Host Drive-Up Candy Stations On Oct. 31 At All Precincts
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