WWMT: Government appeals decision to let Berrien County man stay in US

BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WSBT) -- A Berrien County restaurant owner's nearly 20-year immigration battle is apparently not over.

The Department of Homeland Security is appealing the recent decision to allow Ibrahim Parlak to stay in the US. WSBT spoke with Parlak today. He says he learned about the appeal yesterday morning, and his first reaction was shock.

Parlak says he knows justice will be served in the end.

“We knew they were probably going to try it, but still after what has happened they hardly had any case," said Parlak, who owns Cafe Gulistan. An immigration judge ruled last month that sending the local restaurant owner back to Turkey would violate the UN Convention Against Torture.

Republican Congressman Fred Upton released a statement in response to the news.

He say, "ICE should be focused on gangs and criminals like MS-13, not law abiding folks that have been here for decades with Michigan roots. The courts have ruled time and time again. Enough wasting time and money pursuing Ibrahim."

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