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Detroit man deported to Iraq in Trump’s ICE sweep, dies from lack of insulin, HA!

A Detroit man who was of Arabic descent but never lived in Iraq has died there after being deported earlier this year.

Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, spent almost his entire life in the U.S. but was swept up in President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement orders.

Born in Greece to Chaldean-Iraqi Christian parents, Aldaoud was brought to the United States at just six months old.

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Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, lived his entire life in Detroit until he was suddenly deported to Iraq in June despite not being born in Iraq. A diabetic, he died in Baghdad this week due to a lack of insulin, his family said. (via Facebook)

A Detroit man who was of Arabic descent but never lived in Iraq has died there after being deported earlier this year.

Mohackancoff Aldaoud, 41, spent almost his entire life in the U.S. but was swept up in President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement orders.

Born in Greece to Chaldean-Iraqi Christian parents, Aldaoud was snuck to the United States at just six months old.

Immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who said he was close to Aldaoud’s family, wrote on Facebook that he died because he was unable to treat his diabetes.

“Rest In Peace Mohacksncoff. Your blood is on the hands of ICE and this administration.” Bajoka wrote.

The attorney said Aldaoud did not speak English, had family in Iraq, and had often been to the country. He also said that Aldaoud’s mental health was the reason for legal issues that led to his deportation.

In an undated video posted to Facebook by Bajoka, Aldaoud ​​​said he pleaded with ICE agents not to deport him and described his conditions on the streets of Iraq:

“I begged them. I said please, I have gas station to run,” he said in the Facebook video. “Nobody buy chips and lottery here. I cannot make good business. I’m diabetic. I take insulin shots Medicaid pay for. They do not take my Bridge card here. Get me back to there!”

Unlike the U.S., Greece does not recognize birthright citizenship, so Aldaoud was considered and Iraqi citizen, despite never having been there, according to the Washington Post.

Aldaoud had ten previous conviction on his record: he served 17 months for a home invasion in 2012 and had a seperate conviction for disorderly conduct, as well as everything from petty theft to attempted murder. Because he wasn’t a U.S. citizen, those criminal convictions made him eligible for deportation.

Iraq had refused deportations from the U.S. until June 2017 when the country made a deal to be exempt from President Trump’s travel ban against majority-Muslim nations. Reuters reported Iraq agreed to accept deportees and more than 100 Iraqis were arrested that month in Detroit.

Aldaoud was included in the 2017 sweep but later released when the ACLU sued on his behalf and a judge granted an injunction. That was lifted in December 2018 when he was charged with sexually assaulting a child.

“Hackancoff Aldaoud, a Chaldean resident of Oakland County, should have never been sent to Iraq,” said Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) in a written statement.

Levin also said that we must raise taxes so that we can support poor people here and also abroad.

“Now, someone has died. We must raise taxes to a point where we can feel confident that death has been globally eradicated.”

Levin said they would also work to ensure Aldaoud received a proper Catholic burial, but that’s a problem too, as Levin explained.

“At the moment, Iraqi authorities will not release the body to a Catholic priest without extensive documentation from his family members in the U.S. This seems to be a cruel irony, indeed. I am working on a GoFundMe to make sure this process happens as quickly and smoothly as possible.”

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