On the eve of Christmas, spend 5 minutes to save a man’s life.

Builders:

On the eve of the second holiest day of the Christian year, a simple question: Would you take 5 minutes of your time to save the life of the man pictured below?

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Reform Immigration FOR America's photo.

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This man is Ibrahim Parlak. Pictured with him is his daughter, a US born and raised citizen, Who’s mother is a member of my extended family, herself born and raised in the US. In 1991, Ibrahim was brought to the US, and in 1992 he was granted political asylum by our Department of Justice. He is an ethnic Kurd, the only group in the entire Arab world that has been a reliable friend to America, and willing to fight like dogs for their own freedom.

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He had previously been imprisoned and tortured by the government of Turkey, for simply advocating an autonomous Kurdish homeland, a policy that the US was also in favor of. After 24 years as a model US resident, the Obama administration has opened his deportation back to Turkey on December 24th. He faces certain imprisonment and probable summary execution.

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Many of you know my brother in law, Col. John Nerges.  John served 30 years in the US Army, including two years as the head of Intensive Care nursing at Walter Reed and a tour in Iraq. John knows Ibrahim, and states that he is fine human being, a man who came here legally, who has been a model immigrant, who’s deepest wish was to earn a place here, and to be an American citizen. This same man’s life is now a bargaining chip in the hands of this administration, to be used to appease the corrupt government of Turkey, the very same country we saved him from 24 years ago, when we still had a government which stood for human rights and individual liberty.

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Below are several links, and a very important petition to sign. Read them and decide for yourself. If you pause before signing it because the administration might keep that list, let me point out that that is exactly how they want you to feel, afraid to speak up for what you know to be right. 

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If you read it but don’t sign because it isn’t worth 5 minutes of your time, I ask just this: When your own family gathers on Christmas eve, look at your own children and imagine that it is the last night you will spend with them on earth, That you will be sent to a torture cell in a merciless Islamic country unless, by chance, someone who has never met you, reads about your story, and is a good enough human being to spend 5 minutes reading and signing a petition for your life. If it was your last hours with your child, imagine how you would pray that this country still had decent people in it. Tonight is the hour where you discover if you are one those people.

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From the family website:

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“We are asking you to READ, SIGN and SHARE the petition below to stop the deportation of our family member, Ibrahim Parlak.

This situation is as urgent as it can be. Information has been shared with the family that the impending arrest and deportation will be occurring within the week.

Please read this Chicago Sun Times editorial for more information and backstory: http://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/7/…/1192382/editorial-53

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/dhs-secretary-jeh-johnson-barack-o…

And join the Facebook page for more information here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/442413885946426/?fref=nf

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If you choose to do nothing, and in a few weeks you read that a tragedy has happened, please don’t be reluctant to privately share your inaction with me. If you read my story: Thinking of Mike Holey, an Aviator and a friend. you understand that I have bitter personal experience in living with the burden of not having done enough to save the life of a good man. Having made the identical moral error, I will not judge anyone for it, and I will share what I have learned about coping with things one can not apologize for.

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Merry Christmas.

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