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House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death

House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death
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Dozens of House Democrats are calling on President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals following reports than an Iraqi-born diabetic man who spent most of his life in the U.S. died after being deported and then was unable to obtain insulin.

The man, Jimmy Aldaoud, who was brought to the U.S. as a toddler, had reportedly also been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, which advocates have said led to the criminal conviction that led to his deportation.

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“He already faced tremendous danger in a country that was completely foreign to him, as he was entirely Americanized and a Chaldean Christian, a religious minority that is highly persecuted in Iraq,” the 41 House Democrats wrote.

“However, to force a man living with chronic illnesses into an unknown country without adequate access to life-sustaining medicine is nothing short of a death sentence. Jimmy’s death was a direct and predictable result of his deportation, and we are horrified that this cruelty was perpetrated on our watch,” they added.

Aldaoud’s deportation followed a decision by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals earlier this year that allowed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain and deport Iraqi nationals, despite calls from lawmakers in both parties to halt the process, the letter stated.

For example, in April, more than 20 members of Congress wrote to ICE and the Department of Homeland Security asking for the deportations and detentions to be deferred.

The same month, Rep. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinWhat's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? On The Money: Biden, Democratic leaders push for lame-duck coronavirus deal | Business groups shudder at Sanders as Labor secretary | Congress could pass retirement bill as soon as this year Business groups shudder at thought of Sanders as Labor secretary MORE (D-Mich.), who signed the letter, joined Reps. John MoolenaarJohn Robert MoolenaarDemocrats spar with DeVos at hearing, say Trump budget would 'privatize education' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death Let's pause Iraqi deportations MORE (R-Mich.), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinBickering Democrats return with divisions Questions swirl at Pentagon after wave of departures Overnight Defense: Another Defense official resigns | Pentagon chief says military 'remains strong' despite purge | Top contender for Biden DOD secretary would be historic pick MORE (D-Mich.) and Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryOn the Trail: Five House results illustrate a politically divided America Save wildlife, save ourselves Lawmakers cry foul as Trump considers retreating from Open Skies Treaty MORE (R-Neb.) in passing the letter on to Vice President Pence due to his history of advocating for the protection of Christian minorities abroad.

Levin and Moolenaar have similarly reached out to Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoPompeo says Mideast strategy will be Trump administration policy 'until our time is complete' Trump administration pulls out of Open Skies treaty with Russia Tibetan political leader makes visit to White House for first time in six decades MORE on the issue, according to the letter.

“All of these requests have gone unanswered beyond a cursory acknowledgment. Your Administration’s total failure to act calls into question its stated interest in protecting religious minorities, especially Christians, from persecution, and underscores the horrific consequences of your immigration policies,” the letter states.

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The Hill has reached out to the White House as well as Pence’s office and the State Department for comment.