The Trump Administration Deported A Man To Iraq Who Had Never Lived There — Then, He Died
The Trump administration’s heavy crackdown on undocumented immigrants living in the United States has, at times, resulted in instances of those individuals dying after having been deported, sometimes to a country they know little to nothing about personally.
Earlier this week, in a Facebook video post he made, a Detroit resident named Jimmy Aldaoud, age 41, explained that he had been deported to Iraq, unable to speak the language or get help from anybody, in terms of finding shelter, getting food, or finding medicine to keep him alive.
“I’ve been throwing up, sleeping in the streets, trying to find something to eat. I got nothing over here, as you can see,” Aldaoud said in his video posting.
Aldaoud was born in Greece to parents who were Iraqi nationals, then emigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was just six months old, Mother Jones reported. He didn’t speak Arabic or other languages recognized in the country he was sent to when he was deported in June.
Tragically, Aldaoud died on Tuesday, unable to obtain insulin to treat his diabetes.
This is Jimmy Aldaoud. Jimmy was born in a refugee camp in Greece. Jimmy had been living in the US since he was 6 months old. He was deported to Iraq by ICE in June despite never having been there & not speaking Arabic. He died there yesterday. RIP.pic.twitter.com/7fwTIhe2uq
— Simar (@sahluwal) August 8, 2019
There have been several documented instances of individuals, after having been deported by the Trump administration, dying as a result, or even being murdered after they returned to their “home” country, although an exact number is not readily available. Some have tried, though, to find examples.
In January of 2018, for instance, students at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism were able to research and find at least 60 examples of undocumented immigrants being killed once they were deported, The Daily Beast reported.