Detroit man dies after being deported to Iraq

Jimmy Aldaoud moved to the US as a child and lived most of his life in Detroit, Michigan.

August 10, 2019 02:04
Detroit man dies after being deported to Iraq

ICE agents make drug bust in Arizona desert. (photo credit: JEFF TOPPING/REUTERS)

Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, died after being deported from the US not being able to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes, according to his immigration lawyer.

Edward Bajoka, the immigration attorney, said that Aldaoud had never been to Iraq and did not speak Arabic.

He was deported in June, after a crackdown on Iraqi immigrants with criminal records went into effect in the US.  

Aldaoud had been convicted 20 times over 20 years – including for assault with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence and home invasion, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

He was born in Greece. Human Rights Watch has called his death a “shocking but unpredictable result of cruel US immigration policies.”

The Aldaoud family is now looking into taking legal action.  

ICE claims that he was given enough medicine to ensure that his health would be maintained while he was being deported.

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