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 TrumpBusiness school deans call for lifting country-specific visa caps Bolton told ex-Trump aide to call White House lawyers about Ukraine pressure campaign: report Federal prosecutors in New York examining Giuliani business dealings with Ukraine: report 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) LevinThe USMCA is an opportunity to keep our promises to working Americans Michigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Michigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation MORE (D-Mich.), who signed the letter, joined Reps. John MoolenaarJohn Robert MoolenaarHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death Let's pause Iraqi deportations Bipartisan group asks DHS, ICE to halt deportations of Iraqi nationals MORE (R-Mich.), Elissa SlotkinElissa SlotkinHouse Dems introduce bill to fight social media disinformation Polls flash warning signs for Trump on impeachment Pelosi-backed group funding ads for vulnerable Democrats amid impeachment inquiry MORE (D-Mich.) and Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryHouse Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death House Appropriations passes defense bill that would limit funds for border wall, pull US support from Yemen war Thirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill 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 PompeoTrump: Let Assad, Russia or China protect the Kurds Reporter presses Pompeo on whether he met with Giuliani in Warsaw Pompeo: 'I wish the NBA would acknowledge' China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims 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.

Signers of the letter include Levin and Reps. André Carson (D-Ind.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezObamas' first Netflix project nominated for Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Sanders wishes Ocasio-Cortez happy birthday Democrat launches primary challenge to Ocasio-Cortez MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTrump labels Tlaib 'a despicable human being' Tlaib says Democrats have discussed detaining White House officials who don't testify The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment MORE (D-Mich.), Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalDemocrats see whistleblower report as smoking gun House Democrats say memo of Trump call bolsters impeachment case State Dept: Trump travel ban denied more than 31K people entry to US MORE (D-Wash.) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchBacklash erupts at video depicting Trump killing media, critics House Ethics Committee reviewing two GOP lawmakers over campaign finance House Ethics panel reviewing Tlaib over campaign salary MORE (D-Fla.).

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