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Murder by Deportation

Sep 30, 2019

Jimmy Aldaoud, age 41, had never been to Iraq. He was born in Greece, and legally brought to the U.S. when he was six months old. Yet ICE deported this young Chaldean man, who was diabetic, to Iraq anyway.

A few weeks later, he was found dead in an apartment in Baghdad, without family or friends.

Before they deported him, Aldaoud reported that he had pleaded with ICE agents: “I begged them. I said, ‘Please, I’ve never been to that country... However, they forced me.” A few weeks before his death, Aldaoud had posted to Facebook from Iraq: “I don’t understand the language. I’m sleeping on the street. I’m diabetic. I take insulin shots. I’ve been throwing up... I’ve got nothing over here.”

The Detroit resident is believed to have died because of the lack of access to life-saving insulin.

The people responsible for this knew perfectly well that Aldaoud was likely to die. Sending a diabetic man to a country he did not know without the medicine he needed, where he could not even ask for help—that is murder, plain and simple. All of them—from the ICE agents who carried it out, to the judges who approved it, up to the president who pushed this policy—are all guilty of murder. In any sane society, they would be prosecuted for it.