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Courtesy of the Aldaoud family, via Rep. Andy Levin's office

The remains of a deported Iraqi man were returned to Michigan, officials say. Jimmy Aldaoud came to the U.S. as an infant and lived in the Detroit area.

The 41-year-old man died in Baghdad after being deported for committing multiple crimes. His family says Aldaoud had diabetes and suffered from mental health illness. They say he could not receive adequate care for his medical conditions in Iraq.

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Today on Stateside, former Michigander Jimmy Aldaoud was deported to Iraq, a country he had never been to, in June. This week, his family says he died after not being able to obtain insulin for his diabetes. We talk to a family friend about what happened. Plus, the challenges of finding inclusive long-term care facilities when you're an LGBT senior.

 

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A Southeast Michigan man who was deported to Iraq died Tuesday in Baghdad. That's according to friends and family of the 41-year-old.

Jimmy Aldaoud was sent to Iraq in June.

Edward Bajoka is an immigration attorney and a family friend. He says Aldaoud had diabetes and mental health challenges. He also says he didn't speak any Arabic.

“Jimmy had never himself stepped foot on Iraqi soil. His entire family has been in the United States for 40 years. And he knew no one in that country,” Bajoka said.

Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI 9th District) said in a statement: