Ibrahim Parlak came to the U.S. in 1991 as Kurdish refugee; his friends and neighbors see him as the ideal American immigrant. But the U.S. government considers him “the complete terrorist package” and has been trying to deport him for over a decade. We try to figure out why they see him so differently.
Undone is hosted by Pat Walters. This episode was reported by Alex Kotlowitz, and produced by Julia DeWitt and Emanuele Berry. Our senior producer is Larissa Anderson.
Editing by Alan Burdick and Catlin Kenney. Production assistance by Isabella Kulkarni.
Undone is mixed and scored by Bobby Lord. Our fact-checker is Michelle Harris.
Special thanks to Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister of Long Haul Productions, who provided editorial guidance, production assistance, and excerpts from some of the interviews you heard in this episode. Dan and Elizabeth continue to follow Ibrahim’s story … you can hear more from their ongoing project at longhaulpro.org. Thanks also to Robert Carpenter.
Undone was conceived in collaboration with our friends at Retro Report, the documentary film series that connects iconic news events of the past to today. You can find them here.