The heartbreaking story of the Iraq war vet who lost his mom because of President Donald Trump’s travel ban has turned out to be fictitious.
Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, head of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, Michigan, told Fox 2 Detroit that Mike Hager's mother died before the ban the billionaire signed barring travelers from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.
The Washington Post also corroborated the new development with a source close to the Hager family.
“Husham Al-Husainy said Hager sent him a message last month informing him that he would be traveling to Iraq to see his sick mother, Naimma,” wrote the Post. “On Jan. 22 — two days after Trump was inaugurated — community members and posts on Facebook informed Al-Husainy of the woman’s death. She had been living in Iraq for quite some time, and she died in Karbala, Iraq, of kidney failure, he said.”
Sadly, this false story can actually harm people for whom Trump’s ban is literally a matter of life and death.
President Donald Trump’s diabolical plan to halt Muslim immigration may have claimed an innocent life.
The victim, a 75-year-old grandmother, was not a refugee or an undocumented immigrant. She was a green card holder whose son risked his life multiple times for the United States working as a translator for U.S. Special Forces.
Detroit resident Mike Hager, who fled Iraq during Gulf War and is now a U.S. citizen, recently visited his birth country when his mother, Naimma, fell ill. The family decided to come back home, but when they reached airport, the authorities reportedly stopped Hager’s niece, two nephews, and his mother — all of whom had green cards — from going ahead.
Hager was allowed to board the plane while his family remained behind.
He claimed his mother died the next day.
“They destroyed us. I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family,” the mourning son told Fox 2 Detroit, criticizing the travel ban. “I was just shocked. I had to put my mom back on the wheelchair and take her back and call the ambulance and she was very, very upset. She knew right there if we send her back to the hospital she’s going to pass away — she’s not going to make it.”
Hager believes his mother would still be alive if it were not for Trump’s racist and Islamophobic ban that has restricted travelers from seven Muslim countries — Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iran and Iraq — from entering the United States.
“I really believe this in my heart: if they would have let us in, my mom — she would have made it and she would have been sitting right here next to me,” Hager added. “She’s gone because of him.”
Naimma has had a green card for 20 years and lived with her son, a small business owner, in Michigan.
Now, their entire family has been torn apart.
“We put our lives on the line. I got shot twice in Iraq in Fallujah. And I sacrificed give all my life to this country. Now I’m coming over here with my family not with me,” Hager said to CBS Boston.
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