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The lovable and affable Murat, The Mission’s own Amuse Bouche guy, was picked up yesterday by Homeland Security and is possibly going to be deported today!!  I just received this email from his wife Pelin, who is an American citizen:

Yesterday morning Murat was picked up from our house and carried off in handcuffs by two officers from Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). His crime? Having overstayed his Visa Waiver Program which allows European citizens 90 days to stay in the U.S. There are millions of visa waiver overstays in the US right now, and it has not so far been a policy of Homeland Security to pursue such cases, especially ones with NO criminal records or offenses, like Murat. This plus he is married to a U.S. citizen and we were about to file for a green card.

Right now Murat is being held at 630 Sansome St and they are getting ready to deport him back to France TODAY. We (myself and our attorney) are filing a Deferral of Action Request to keep him here. What those of you in the MEDIA can do to help us, is call the ICE office, tell them who you are with, and ask about what is going on in his case, making it clear that you are informed and involved. You are likely to get a voicemail box so just leave a message. Non-media friends, please help us out with your thoughts.

The number for ICE Detention and Removal Operations: 415-844-5512

If you are part of a big media outlet please help out as Pelin states above.  Murat is a part of our community and we should look out for him.  NO ONE IS ILLEGAL!

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  1. gg
    October 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    No disrespect to Amuse Bouche guy or his wife, but why didn’t they file for his green card as soon as they were married? My ex-spouse is a non-US citizen and getting him a green card after we were married was super easy.

    We got married, we filed for the green card, he was given a temporary conditional green card while it was in process, after about 5 months we had the interview and then he got the final green card a couple of months after that. It was painless, took under 9 months, which is amazingly fast compared to what other people go through.

    All I’m saying, this was a completely avoidable situation on their part.

  2. gg
    October 30, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    Ahh, ok. I wish them the best of luck. Unfortunately, immigration is rather unforgiving about missing deadlines and expirations.