Another ICE-Caused Death

Jimmy Aldaoud was 41 years old. He lived in the U.S. since he was 6 months old. Last month ICE deported him from Detroit to Iraq, a country he never lived in. He did not speak Arabic. He was not a Muslim, but a Chaldean Catholic..

Chaldeans are an eastern branch of the Roman Catholic church who trace their roots to ancient Mesopotamia in present-day Iraq, where they are at high risk of being tortured or killed by the the terror group ISIS, the American Civil Liberties Union argued in a related legal case.

He had been put on a commercial flight to Iraq. A diabetic, he died on the streets, apparently from lack of insulin. [More...]

Edward Bajoka, an immigration attorney who described himself as close to Aldaoud’s family, wrote on Facebook that the death appeared to be linked to the man’s inability to obtain insulin in Baghdad to treat his diabetes. Aldaoud was an Iraqi national, but he was born in Greece and came to the U.S. as a young child, his family friend said. He had never lived in Iraq and did not speak Arabic, according to Bajoka.

“Rest In Peace Jimmy,” Bajoka wrote. “Your blood is on the hands of ICE and this administration.”

And Donald Trump, the UnLeader.

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    I.C.E. are a criminal org (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 13, 2019 at 08:51:10 AM EST
    It must be disbanded but never will be. The march to the complete end of America continues unabated. The 2020 election will bring post-modern violent sh*t we haven't seen before. Orwell will be sitting up in his grave.


    This (none / 0) (#1)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 11:36:42 AM EST
    Really is almost unbelievable.  Almost.

    This alone should get him impeached and removed.

    It is good not to mention (none / 0) (#2)
    by Abdul Abulbul Amir on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 11:46:43 AM EST
    The home invasion he committed.

    BTW this may come as a surprise, but insulin is available in Iraq.


    Good to know (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by Yman on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 09:36:56 PM EST
    So as a homeless, jobless, man with serious mental illness who can't speak the language and has no money, you can still see a doctor and get insulin in Iraq???

    You're suggesting Iraq's medical system is better than the United State's???



    Says some (none / 0) (#3)
    by MKS on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 11:48:27 AM EST
    right wing outlet?  

    The information (none / 0) (#7)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:10:33 PM EST
    supposedly comes from ICE and we all know they are the most upstanding and honest of organizations. Right?

    I'm sure our troll got it from wingnut welfare.


    And, a good ICE candidate (none / 0) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:31:54 PM EST
    to make an example of: a homeless, mentally and physically ill legal permanent resident. Give him, essentially, a death sentence. After all, he did have a rap sheet.

    Three cordless drills (none / 0) (#13)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:36:41 PM EST
    Clearly death sentence material

    Aldaoud was previously convicted for disorderly conduct and served 17 months in prison for home invasion, Politico reported.

    The Detroit News reported in 2015 that Aldaoud had his conviction thrown out after acting as his own lawyer.

    An appeals court ruled that the judge did not explain the risks of acting as his own attorney to Aldaoud, the report said. Before his trial, Aldaoud said he spent 16 months "day and night" studying law books.

    Aldaoud admitted to stealing power tools from a stranger's garage but believed it was a misdemeanor, not a felony.

    According to CBS Detroit, Aldaoud, whom police described as homeless, was stopped by police after stealing three cordless drills.

    The real victim here (none / 0) (#16)
    by MKS on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 01:17:41 PM EST
    is obviously the Cheeto and religious conservatives.....because they are always persecuted by the liberal Hollywood press.....

    Not when you don't speak the language (none / 0) (#4)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 11:53:20 AM EST
    to ask for it. If I was dropped into Baghdad tomorrow, I would not know how to ask for insulin.

    If only (none / 0) (#5)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:07:46 PM EST
    We could drop a diabetic Abdul in a country he has never seen with a language he doesn't speak and place bets on his finding insulin before he dies.

    Because he, you know, committed a robbery


    Since every crime (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:12:52 PM EST
    committed by the Trump Administration has to be bigger and better than the next, I'm waiting on Trump to order ICE to start pushing Hispanics out of airplanes somewhere over the US where his vile supporters can cheer it while watching on the ground.

    Trump is well understood (none / 0) (#24)
    by MKS on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 01:51:16 PM EST
    What still mystifies me is the bigotry and racism of his supporters.  There are a lot of deplorables out there.  And let's just accept the generous assessment of Hillary that only half of Trump supporters are deplorable....

    I don't get the deplorables.  Why do you hate Latinos, people speaking Spanish, etc.?  Is it just a matter of ignorance and lack of education? (which would be the more benign view.)


    I am thinking (none / 0) (#25)
    by MKS on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 02:03:21 PM EST
    it must be a matter of unfamiliarity, at least in part.

    Growing up in El Paso, I always wondered what it would be like to interact and live next to "Minorities."   Like what you could see on television.  In my view, we didn't have anything so exotic as a large number of minorities in El Paso. Only a few Asians and African Americans.

    "Mexicans" were people who actually lived in Mexico and generally only spoke Spanish.   America "Latinos" were just like anyone else...some people were blond, some brunette, etc., but no big difference and no big deal.

    It never occurred to me that American Latinos were a minority or "different" in any way.  And, it was not just my naivete.  Spanish speaking settlers were in the Southwest a couple of centuries before Anglos.  Spanish culture is part of American culture--at least in the Southwest.

    So maybe it us just a lack of familiarity that creates fear?  I could hope that with more knowledge, the hate will abate?


    I spent three living on Guam (5.00 / 2) (#31)
    by Chuck0 on Thu Aug 15, 2019 at 09:25:59 AM EST
    (4 to 6 years old). And another 3-1/2 years living in Japan (8yrs through 12?. Also traveled around Asia in those years (Hong Kong, Philippines, Taiwan). I believe this has had a huge impact on my worldview and comfort with "others". In Japan, I was the minority. I had to learn their language, their customs, etc. I traveled a lot, by myself in Japan. At only 10 years old. I could use the bus and rail system with little issues.

    I have lived all of the US. High school in CA, spent quite a bit of time in Texas. My old Fort Worth neighborhood was mostly Latino. Probably much like your experience in El Paso. I like the divergence of cultures. The food is the best part of that.

    It's funny, when I first moved to PA, in the Susquehanna Valley, my initial impression is how white bread it was here. And still is. And that has an impact on the food. There is little variety of restaurants. Everything is bland. All my favorite places to eat are around Philly or Baltimore.


    A few years ago (none / 0) (#26)
    by MKS on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 02:15:23 PM EST
    I was surprised at a racial observation of a client.   We were making a routine appearance in a Los Angeles County Superior Court courtroom.

    A myriad of lawyers, clients, clerks, deputies...all there.  And the Judge of course.

    After our appearance, the client, a blonde Anglo, said to me, "We were the only white people in the courtroom."  I was surprised that she had kept an ethnic or racial score.   I was not counting who was white and who was not.

    Not that I was non-judgmental.  But I was looking at who had money, or who was powerful or smart (our Judge), who was poor, who was a moron.  But, true, our Judge was Asian American.   And the deputies were African America.  Some of the lawyers were Latino.  But a racial scorecard?

    I have found that many GOP folks keep a racial scorecard, and if they are in a situation where whites are not in a majority, they feel threatened.   Makes no sense to me.

    And, I believe the racial scorekeepers are bigoted, even if they do not admit it to themselves....


    Yes, (none / 0) (#28)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 02:33:39 PM EST
    people who notice how many white people there are or are not in a room are white supremacists who feel threatened by people of color.

    Just my 2 cents (none / 0) (#27)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 02:32:57 PM EST
    but these people have been told their entire lives that they were born to rule because of the color of their skin. They have been coddled by the GOP by decades and the GOP has spent a lot of time and effort reinforcing these views. So now it has dawned on them that maybe they are not so special because of their skin color and they are angry. They want to be special because of their skin color. And if they are no longer the majority because of their skin color they will not be able to control the agenda.

    As far as speaking Spanish, truly I do not understand why that freaks them out so much. Some of it is their authoritarianism that demands that everyone  must speak English and they feel that people who don't speak Spanish are "disobedient" to authority. Some of it is because they are nosy busy bodies that want to know what everybody is saying and if someone is speaking in Spanish they cannot know what they are saying. I took 4 years of Spanish so it certainly doesn't bother me. I try to have a conversation with them in Spanish to try to increase my skill level.  


    Ga, I do the same< (none / 0) (#29)
    by fishcamp on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 04:36:07 PM EST
    I am always (none / 0) (#30)
    by MKS on Wed Aug 14, 2019 at 07:37:05 PM EST
    looking for an opportunity to inflict my awful Spanish on those willing to put up with it.

    I'm guessing (none / 0) (#6)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:09:16 PM EST
    With no money

    This is interesting (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:27:24 PM EST
    The American Conservative

    They are NOT happy.   After all, he was a Christian.  Not some Islamic guy.

    Why do I think The American Conservative could care less if he was not Catholic

    Please watch the video. The cruelty of what Donald Trump's government -- that's your government and my government -- did to this man is unspeakable. Politico tells his story.

    Iraqi Christian Foundation
     This is horrific. Jimmy Al-Daoud, a Chaldean Christian who lived in US since 6 months old and diabetic, was deported to Iraq by @ICE in June. In Iraq he was homeless and didn't know the language.

    Typo (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:29:02 PM EST
    Not catholic

    Actually he was (none / 0) (#14)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:38:25 PM EST
    Aldaoud was a Chaldean Catholic, one of thousands living in Michigan. Chaldeans are an offshoot of the Roman Catholic church who trace their roots to ancient Mesopotamia in modern-day Iraq, Politico reported. The group is at high risk of being killed or tortured in Iraq by terrorist groups.

    "Jimmy Aldaoud ... should have never been sent to Iraq," Michigan Rep. Andy Levin said in a statement to Politico. "My Republican colleagues and I have repeatedly called on the executive branch to cease deportation of such vulnerable people. Now, someone has died."

    Politico reported that advocates have expressed concern that many Chaldeans have been targeted for deportation despite spending years or decades in the United States.

    ACLU attorney Miriam Ackerman, who is representing Chaldean immigrants in a class-action lawsuit, said that the deportations are putting these people at ris

    "Jimmy's death has devastated his family and us," she told Politico. "We knew he would not survive if deported. What we don't know is how many more people ICE will send to their deaths."

    The Chaldean Community Foundation's Martin Manna told the outlet that about 160,000 Chaldeans live in Michigan.

    "There's a tremendous amount of anxiety in the community," he said. "Iraq's not a safe place for many of the people who are being sent back."

    He actually (none / 0) (#15)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:44:36 PM EST
    is Catholic. Apparently Chaldean Christians are considered Catholic.

    I would imagine (none / 0) (#11)
    by Ga6thDem on Fri Aug 09, 2019 at 12:31:35 PM EST
    you are correct that they would not care if he was Islamic. They probably would be celebrating his death I'm sure.

    ICE Derangement Syndrome (none / 0) (#18)
    by thomas rogan on Sat Aug 10, 2019 at 09:42:27 AM EST
    "where they are at high risk of being tortured or killed by the the terror group ISIS"

    I don't think that ISIS is killing too many Christians any more.  

    And you can't accuse Trump of being bigoted against Islamic people, I suppose, in this deportation.

    You know (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by Ga6thDem on Tue Aug 13, 2019 at 04:40:30 PM EST
    it's interesting to see conservatives come to liberal blogs to smear themselves with feces attempting to apologize for Trump.

    Don't (5.00 / 2) (#23)
    by FlJoe on Tue Aug 13, 2019 at 07:14:51 PM EST
    count out ISIS yet
    A report released this week by the Department of Defense's Inspector General indicates that ISIS continues to pose a significant threat in the Middle East.

    "Despite losing its territorial `caliphate,' the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) solidified its insurgent capabilities in Iraq and was resurging in Syria" from April through June, the report said.

    Let me clue you in it was never about religion it's about the color, to tRump Muslim equals brown so close enough for government work.


    "Derangement syndrome" - heh (5.00 / 3) (#32)
    by Yman on Fri Aug 16, 2019 at 07:14:29 AM EST
    Yep - nothing to see here.  Just thousands of law enforcement officers working for the US government who belong to a closed FB group posting/liking bigoted, racist, $exist garbage and joking about the deaths of migrants.  Not to mention what they do in real life and when no one is around as a witness.

    Weird how the deplorables are just fine with it, huh?


    Trollin' trollin' trollin' (none / 0) (#19)
    by CaptHowdy on Sat Aug 10, 2019 at 11:11:07 AM EST
    How to hide the raw n/t (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by Dadler on Tue Aug 13, 2019 at 08:52:53 AM EST