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 TrumpCampaigns face attack ad dilemma amid coronavirus crisis Outgoing inspector general says Trump fired him for carrying out his 'legal obligations' Trump hits Illinois governor after criticism: 'I hear him complaining all the time' 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 COVID-19 pandemic calls for the most urgent possible action US plan warns coronavirus pandemic could last 18 months: report A disaster for diplomacy and the Zionist dream 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 SlotkinStates see surge of scams, price-gouging tied to pandemic Juan Williams: Biden's promises on women are a big deal Sanders looks to regain momentum in must-win Michigan MORE (D-Mich.) and Jeff FortenberryJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FortenberryWhere do we go from here? Conservation can show the way House 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 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 administration eyes Afghan security forces funding for aid cut: report Trump says 40,000 Americans have been repatriated who were stranded abroad US should adopt a Marshall Plan for Ethiopia 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-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (D-N.Y.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (D-Mich.), Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerHouse Judiciary Committee postpones hearing with Barr amid coronavirus outbreak House Democrats plead with key committee chairman to allow remote voting amid coronavirus pandemic Pelosi rejects calls to shutter Capitol: 'We are the captains of this ship' MORE (D-N.Y.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report Pelosi says House will review Senate coronavirus stimulus package Critical supplies shortage hampers hospitals, health providers MORE (D-Wash.) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchOcasio-Cortez knocks Pence: 'Utterly irresponsible to put him in charge of US coronavirus response' Father of Parkland shooting victim calls on Congress to take action Florida 'red flag' law has removed hundreds of guns: report MORE (D-Fla.).

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