Man dies 2 months after being deported from U.S. to Iraq

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We can not send those at a high risk of persecution straight into the arms of their oppressors. "Iraq's not a safe place for numerous people who are being sent back".

Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, spent nearly his entire life in the USA but was swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement orders.

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

"At the moment, Iraqi authorities will not release Jimmy's body to a Catholic priest without extensive documentation from his family members in the U.S".

"He generally led a pretty unstable lifestyle, I think it was all due to his mental health issues", says Bajoka. He was also a paranoid schizophrenic.

On Wednesday, Aldaoud, who suffered from diabetes and mental illness, according to a family friend, was found dead in Baghdad where he had been living as a vagrant over the past two months. The most serious came in 2012 when Aldaoud, described as homeless in local media reports, broke into a garage and stole power tools.

'His mental health was the primary reason for his legal issues that led to his deportation, ' Bajoka added, alluding to Aldaoud's many run-ins with the law in MI, including arrests for disorderly conduct and a 2012 home invasion in which he stole power tools. Because he wasn't a USA citizen, those criminal convictions made him eligible for deportation.

Why was Jimmy Aldaoud sent to Iraq?

Iraq, a country still reeling from the destabilizing US military occupation, is issuing these deportees visas that are only valid for 24 hours, according to Michigan Public Radio. Reuters reported Iraq agreed to accept deportees and more than 100 Iraqis were arrested that month in Detroit.

Aldaoud was among those picked up and eventually taken to a federal detention center in Youngstown, Ohio, according to federal court records.

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A Chaldean Christian immigrant who was deported from MI to Iraq has reportedly died because he was unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes, drawing fire from critics of the Trump administration who charge that the death is a result of disregard for the well-being of deportees.

Rep Andy Levin, a Democrat from MI, condemned Aldaoud's deportation.

Aldaoud spoke about his deportation in an undated video posted to Facebook by Bajoka this week. In his Facebook video, the Detroit resident said he wasn't given any choice. "Instead, the U.S. Government deported him without warning his family, sending him to a place he'd never been, where he didn't speak the language and knew no one, and where his Christian faith put him in harm's way every minute", said his sister Mary in a message written to 7 Action News.

"What we don't know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths", Aukerman said. "They refused to listen to me". "There's a lot of evidence of violence toward that minority group by Shiite militias".

While the cause of Aldaoud's death has not been officially confirmed, Bajoka noted that his inability to acquire insulin was the "likely cause" behind his death. But finding the medical treatment he needed was virtually impossible, he said. "He couldn't get insulin".

As his immigration case continued to hit roadblocks, Bajoka said, Aldaoud had given up on continuing to appeal it when he was detained in May.

Aldaoud-who Bajoka says was a diabetic suffering from paranoid schizophrenia-was an Iraqi national born in Greece and brought to the USA as a child, the attorney tells Politico. His entire family has been in the United States for 40 years.

"It's unfathomable that we'd send people whose relatives and countrymen were just two or three years ago victims of this genocide back to this place where they're still at risk, " the attorney said.

"They really put him in the worst possible situation", Mr Bajoka told the BBC, referring to ICE. One woman was reportedly convicted of selling cigarettes without a license.

In some ways, Jimmy Aldaoud's story is similar to many other immigrants who have been deported. "Iraq's not a safe place for numerous people who are being sent back". "But our laws and our system are broken, and it needs to change".

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