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

Michigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation
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Michigan Democratic Reps. Andy LevinAndrew (Andy) LevinThe Hill's Morning Report - Tempers boil over at the White House The USMCA is an opportunity to keep our promises to working Americans Michigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees MORE and Brenda LawrenceBrenda Lulenar LawrenceMichigan House Democrats plan vigil for Iraqi man who died after deportation Democrats warn of Trump trap Democratic lawmaker: 'I love America even though at times she didn't love me back' MORE 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 minority in Iraq.

“Deporting a diabetic man to a country where he would not have reliable access to insulin made it almost certain that he would not survive,” Levin and Lawrence said in a statement. “The death of Jimmy Aldaoud was a direct, predictable and preventable result of his deportation.”

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The two Michigan Democrats will host the event at the Chaldean Community Foundation Thursday in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights. “Tomorrow, the Chaldean community and mourners will come together to honor Jimmy’s life and demand that death by deportation never happens again,” the statement reads.

Levin and Lawrence were also two of 41 House Democrats who signed a letter to President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE on Tuesday asking for an end to deportation of Iraqi nationals in the wake of Aldaoud’s death, noting that Levin and other representatives had previously written to both Vice President Pence and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoGOP lawmaker: Trump administration 'playing checkers' in Syria while others are 'playing chess' Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring White House officials work to tamp down controversies after a tumultuous week MORE regarding their plight.

“Jimmy’s death was a direct and predictable result of his deportation, and we are horrified that this cruelty was perpetrated on our watch,” the letter stated.