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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence Issues Statement on Death of Iraqi National Jimmy Aldaoud

August 8, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) made the following statement:


“Jimmy Aldaoud should have never been deported to Iraq. Jimmy, born to Iraqi parents in a Greece refugee camp, lived in Detroit since he was six months old. Mr. Aldaoud faced severe mental illnesses while also battling diabetes. Jimmy, having never been to Iraq, did not speak Arabic and was denied access to proper healthcare to treat his medical conditions.


I stand firmly against the mass detention and deportation of Iraqi nationals across this country. President Trump’s administration has broken up far too many families. This case is an example of what could happen to the hundreds of Iraqi nationals who are forced to return to a country where they have no personal ties, and potentially face violence and persecution. We must seek justice for Jimmy Aldaoud and his family.


I will continue to fight for and support legislation that stops the deportation of vulnerable communities who are subject to violence and death in their country of origin. To the immigrant communities that I proudly represent in Southeast Michigan, I hear you, I stand with you, and I will fight for you.”