Kurd facing deportation decries US troop withdrawal in Syria

HARBERT, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan restaurateur and Kurdish immigrant who has faced deportation to Turkey for more than a decade is publicly criticizing President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. soldiers out of Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.

The South Bend Tribune reports that Ibrahim Parlak led a vigil at his restaurant in Harbert, protested near the Turkish consulate in Chicago and appeared on news outlets decrying the withdrawal of about 1,000 American troops.

Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers have denounced the removal as deserting American allies to hostile Turkish and Syrian forces. Trump has defended his decision as fulfilling a campaign promise to withdraw from “endless war” in the Middle East.

Parlak has been fighting possible deportation for 15 years. He says he’s “not going anywhere” and that the U.S. is his home.

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