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Michigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation

Michigan Democratic Reps. Andy Levin and Brenda Lawrence will lead a vigil Thursday evening for a diabetic Michigan man who was deported to Iraq and died after he was unable to obtain insulin. Jimmy Aldaoud, who spoke no Arabic and was brought to the U.S. as a toddler, reportedly was also diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was a Chaldean Christian, a persecuted...

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PRESS ADVISORY: Reps. Levin and Lawrence to Host Vigil for Jimmy Aldaoud and Call for End to Iraqi Deportations

Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) tomorrow evening will join the family of Jimmy Aldaoud, a Michigan Chaldean man who was deported to Iraq in June and died on August 6th of a diabetic crisis, for a vigil honoring his life and memory at the Chaldean Community Foundation in Sterling Heights. Mr. Aldaoud, who had never been to Iraq and...

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Iraqi Chaldeans supported Trump. Now one of their own died after being deported

For many in Detroit’s Iraqi Chaldean Catholic community, the election of President Trump appeared a positive development. They envisioned a bright future with an administration led by a man who had advocated strongly on behalf of Christian minorities in majority-Muslim countries. “Christians in the Middle-East have been executed in large numbers,” Trump tweeted in 2017. “We...

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Body of deported Iraqi refugee to be returned to Michigan

Jimmy Al-Daoud, a homeless refugee who was found dead after he was deported to Iraq, will be returned to Michigan to be buried next to his family members, U.S. Rep. Andy Levin announced Friday. Al-Daoud, a mentally ill and diabetic refugee, was born in a refugee camp in Greece in 1978 after his parents fled Iraq between wars. His family was granted refugee status in the...

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