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Diabetic Man Dies After Trump Administration Deported Him to Iraq, a Country He Had Never Been To
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51227"><span class="small">Naomi LaChance, Splinter</span></a>   
Thursday, 08 August 2019 08:26

LaChance writes: "Jimmy Aldaoud, a man the Trump administration deported to Baghdad, Iraq in June, died Tuesday, Politico reported Wednesday. The 41-year-old had been likely unable to access insulin to treat his diabetes in Iraq, according to people who knew him."

In this Oct. 22, 2018, photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain a person during a raid in Richmond, VA. (photo: Steve Helber/AP)
In this Oct. 22, 2018, photo, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detain a person during a raid in Richmond, VA. (photo: Steve Helber/AP)


Diabetic Man Dies After Trump Administration Deported Him to Iraq, a Country He Had Never Been To

By Naomi LaChance, Splinter

08 August 19

 

immy Aldaoud, a man the Trump administration deported to Baghdad, Iraq in June, died Tuesday, Politico reported Wednesday. The 41-year-old had been likely unable to access insulin to treat his diabetes in Iraq, according to people who knew him.

Immigration attorney Edward Bajoka posted on Facebook about Aldaoud’s death. He wrote:“He was forcefully deported to Iraq a couple of months ago. He was born in Greece and had never been to Iraq. He knew no one there. He did not speak Arabic.”

Aldaoud was an Iraqi national and a member of the Chaldean Catholic group. He was born in Greece and had lived in the U.S. for most of his life.

In a Facebook video, Aldaoud described his deportation: “Immigration agents pulled me over and said I’m going to Iraq,” he said. “I refused, I said, ‘I’ve never been there. I’ve been in this country my whole life, since pretty much birth.’… They refused to listen to me.”

“I begged them,” he said. “I said, ‘Please, I’ve never seen that country, I’ve never been there. However, they forced me. I’m here now. And I don’t understand the language... I’ve been sleeping in the street.’”

Aldaoud had serious health concerns including diabetes and schizophrenia, meaning that his deportation is a particularly stunning example of the Trump administration’s calculated cruelty toward vulnerable people.

Bajoka wrote: “He was a paranoid schizophrenic. His mental health was the primary reason for his legal issues that led to his deportation.”

“The likely cause of death was not being able to get his insulin,” he wrote.

A vulnerable person like Aldaoud would benefit from a policy allowing people in the U.S. to access healthcare regardless of citizenship status, an idea that has been floated by several Democratic candidates for president. When he was in clear need of help from a medical professional, though, government officials and law enforcement intervened to make his troubles exponentially worse.

Miriam Aukerman, an attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, said in a written statement: “Jimmy’s death has devastated his family and us. We knew he would not survive if deported. What we don’t know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths.”

Rep. Andy Levin (D-Mich.) tweeted that Aldaoud should “never” have been deported to Iraq.

Martin Manna of the Chaldean Community Foundation in Michigan said that many people are concerned about whether they will be deported next.

“There’s a tremendous amount of anxiety in the community,” he said. “Iraq’s not a safe place for many of the people who are being sent back.”

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

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+10 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-08-08 09:48
Current US policy: no better than that of the Nazis.
 
 
-1 # ChrisCurrie 2019-08-08 17:28
It is not just migrants who are dying because our government denied them health care. Since our Republicans in Congress rejected Hillary Clinton's original Healthcare-for- all plan (which would have cost only about $100/month), MANY MILLIONS of American men, women, children, babies, and fetuses literally DIED because the US Government denied them reasonable healthcare.
 
 
0 # treerapper 2019-08-09 02:54
Following the close of FDR's years as President, people - normal, regular people - have always been a throwaway from a US government standpoint. Over the years, the gains that were made which supported human well being have been chipped at and downgraded to the point where many of us are one step away from the gutter. That said, this vulgar and baseless administration and the criminal who currently occupies the WH have put a whole new face on inhumanity and the violation of human and civil rights. The WH Cesspool, using tried and true Gestapo tactics, has reveled in its ability to facilitate the abuse and death of people of color, immigrants and whoever amongst us is the least of us while Lincoln's party stands idly by, cheering them on from the sidelines.

While I believe they all think, in their self-righteous arrogance, they will come away from this unscathed by the misery they have inflicted on so many, they will NOT cheat Karma - the Karma their actions have accumulated will come back to revisit them, of this I am certain. Hope I am here to bear witness.