On August 6, Jimmy Al-Daoud of Sterling Heights died in Iraq. Al-Daoud, who’d lived in the United States since he was an infant, was deported in June as the federal government cracked down on non-citizens who had broken the law. His family said he may have died from a lack of insulin to treat his diabetes. Al-Daoud’s remains are expected to arrive back in Michigan for burial this Friday.
Martin Manna is president of the Chaldean Community Foundation and the Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce. He tells Stateside how Jimmy Al-Daoud’s death is affecting the Chaldean community in Southeast Michigan, and what he thinks needs to change about the federal government’s approach to non-citizens who have committed crimes.