US to allow slain Ankara embassy guard's family to immigrate

The US House of Representatives is currently drafting legislation that would allow the family of the security guard who was killed in an attack on the US Embassy in Ankara by a suicide bomber in February to immigrate to the US.

US to allow slain Ankara embassy guard's family to immigrate

World Bulletin/News Desk

The US House of Representatives is currently drafting legislation that would allow the family of the security guard who was killed in an attack on the US Embassy in Ankara by a suicide bomber in February to immigrate to the US.

The legislation, which is planned to be added to the upcoming reform of US immigration law, will be called the Mustafa Akarsu Local Guard Force Support Act. The law would allow family members of local US State Department employees to pursue the opportunities provided by the Special Immigrant Visa process -- a pathway to citizenship for long-term employees of the US government -- after the death of the employee.

Akarsu was an embassy employee for more than 20 years. He had already applied and begun this process when he was killed on Feb. 1. The law is planned to be retroactive, with an effective date of Jan. 31, 2013, so that Akarsu's family will be eligible.

The congressman who introduced the bill is US Representative Michael McCaul, a Republican from Texas.

The legislation is not the first demonstration of loyalty from the US government to Akarsu's family. On his first visit to Turkey on March 1, US Secretary of State John Kerry attended the commemoration ceremony for the security guard at Ankara's US Embassy.

During the ceremony, Kerry also presented the family members with the Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service, a State Department award that is rarely made, recognizing Akarsu's heroic actions on behalf of the US government. Speaking at the ceremony in Ankara, Kerry stated that Akarsu was a source of pride for the Turkish as well as the American people.

The suicide bomb attack that killed Akarsu and also seriously wounded a Turkish journalist was later determined to have been committed by a member of the far left Revolutionary People's Liberation Party/Front (DHKP/C), which has claimed responsibility for several assassinations and bombings since the 1970s.

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