Man Who Lived His Entire Life In The U.S. Dies After Trump Deports Him To A Country He Had Never Been To
The Trump administration was responsible for dporting a Detroit resident to Iraq–a country he had never visited, with a language he did not speak—where he died this week because he was unable to obtain insulin for his diabetes.
According to reports, 41-year-old Jimmy Aldaoud was deported back in June to Iraq despite being originally born in Greece.
Aldaoud lived in the United States since he was only six months old. According to Politico, he was a Chaldean Catholic, a religious group that traces its roots to present-day Iraq, where its members face a high risk of persecution by ISIS.
“I’ve been throwing up, sleeping in the streets, trying to find something to eat,” Aldaoud said in a Facebook video he shared shortly prior to his death. “I got nothing over here, as you can see.”
The basis for Aldaoud’s deportation was a history of legal issues, including disorderly conduct and home invasion, that friends say resulted from his schizophrenia.
Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) said that Aldaoud should not have been deported. “My Republican colleagues and I have repeatedly called on the executive branch to cease deportation of such vulnerable people,” he told Politico in a statement. “Now, someone has died.”