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Thursday, October 29, 2009

ICE Confirms That Amuse Bouche Street-Food Vendor is Detained, Will Be Deported

Posted By on Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 4:30 PM

A spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) told SFoodie she could confirm that street-food vendor Murat Celebi-Ariner is currently in detention, and will be deported.

Citing security concerns, spokeswoman Lori Haley would not say where Celebi-Ariner -- proprietor of Amuse Bouche -- is being held, or when he will be deported, presumably to France. The fact that Celebi-Ariner was in the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program meant that his case would not have come under review by an immigration judge. Under the program, visitors from a handful of countries are allowed into the U.S. for 90 days without having to apply for a visa. If they stay longer that that, violators are subject to deportation without judicial review, even in the face of otherwise extenuating circumstances (such as marrying a U.S. citizen, as Celebi-Ariner did).

SFoodie has been unable to get comment from Celebi-Ariner's wife, Pelin.

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