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Jimmy Aldaoud was born in Greece and lived in the United States from the time he was a baby. The Trump administration deported him to Iraq, a country he had never been to and where he did not speak the language. Iraq is now the country where Jimmy Aldaoud died, two months after his deportation.

Aldaoud had diabetes and schizophrenia; immigration lawyer and family friend Edward Bajoka wrote on Facebook that the likely cause of his death was inability to obtain the insulin he needed, while “His mental health was the primary reason for his legal issues that led to his deportation.”

In a video, Aldaoud described his deportation, saying he begged ICE agents not to send him to Iraq: “I said, ‘Please, I’ve never seen that country, I’ve never been there.’ However, they forced me.”

Aldaoud wasn’t just deported to a country he’d never been to, either. He was deported to a country where, as a Chaldean Catholic, he was a member of a persecuted minority. The Trump administration is pressing to deport many other Chaldeans. One advocate said, “We knew [Aldaoud] would not survive if deported. What we don’t know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths.”

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  1. Satan is laughing, this is his system and the hate that he has is being infused into his leaders. A death that was preventable.

  2. That turns my stomach -would like to see trump dropped down with nothing in iraq, oh and include McConnell in the one way trip

  3. …Just another example of poor judgment,
    by people incapable of understanding human misery. And of course don’t care .
    …The man was here all his life , should have naturalized years ago . Common sense should have prevailed in this instance. But no ,..common sense and Trump ,
    …are an oxymoron.
    ..We should all be ashamed because we along with Putin , put him in office.
    …We must get him out as soon as possible!!!


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