Iraqi National Dies 2 Months After Being Deported From US

Aug 8, 2019

A 41-year-old Iraqi-born man who had lived in the U.S. since he was an infant but was deported in June for committing multiple crimes has died in Baghdad.

American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan officials say relatives of Jimmy Al-Daoud told the organization that he died this week. The ACLU officials say they don't know what day he died or the exact cause, but they say he had mental health issues and diabetes.

Al-Daoud, who lived in the Detroit area, was among hundreds of Iraqi nationals arrested to enforce deportation orders.

The ACLU sued in 2017 to suspend the deportations and allow people to return to immigration court. ACLU attorney Miriam Aukerman says she and her colleagues "knew he would not survive if deported."

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Al-Daoud's roughly 20 convictions include assault, domestic violence, home invasion and disorderly conduct. They say he was given enough "medicine to ensure continuity of care" when he was deported.