#PlanetIS: Deported Man Dies Homeless In Iraq (While ICE Detains US Citizens)

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The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,

With conquering limbs astride from land to land;

Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand

A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame

Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name

Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand

Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command

The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she

With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Emma Lazarus

November 2, 1883

For those that do not know, this is the sonnet written by Emma Lazarus that is on a plaque on the pedestal that holds the Statue of Liberty.

Lazarus wrote this sonnet to help raise money for the pedestal that was to hold the statue once it was delivered from France.

I quote Lazarus to highlight the difference between her welcome message to newcomers to American shores and the current state of immigration.

Since Trump’s administration implemented zero-tolerance measures to detain anyone trying to cross into the US on the southern border, children have been separated from their parents. Despite a federal judge’s order, these separations have continued based on something as arbitrary as a child’s unchanged diaper, or a father’s speech impediment.

Department of Homeland Security acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan made a point of mentioning that “less than 1,000” children have been removed from their parent’s custody since that federal order, but loopholes are being used to do this, as TYT reports (below). Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned him on the border situation (Bloomberg TicToc).

And even worse, border patrol officers have been detaining US citizens across the country for extended periods while they “confirm” their citizenship.



See the story of Davino Watson, a US citizen from New York. He was threatened with deportation to Jamaica -where he has not lived since he was a child- and held for 3 and a half years here:

Daily Kos reports that Francisco Erwin Galicia, 18, was held at two immigration detention facilities, first by Border Patrol, then by ICE. Galicia is a US citizen, born in Dallas, TX.

Unfortunately, his younger brother Marlon was not born in the US. He was deported to Mexico. Galicia says he was tormented by guards who wanted him to sign a confession stating he was not a US citizen and was trying to enter the US illegally.

“They said they were going to charge me,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, “they would insult me so I would sign my deportation order, and well, it was all psychological damage.”



Officials stated that Galicia never stated he was an American citizen.

“From the first moment that I presented myself at the checkpoint, I always said I was an American citizen. They even charged me because they said my papers were falsified, and I have proof because they contradict themselves because they charged me for supposedly falsifying my citizenship when I am a citizen here. It doesn’t make sense what they’re saying.”

Francisco Erwin Galicia (Daily Kos)

His mother brought his birth certificate to border patrol to confirm his place of birth. TYT reports Galicia was detained for 23 days, a week after border officials had proof of his citizenship. In that time, he lost about 26 pounds.

Julia Medina, a 9-year-old girl, and her 14-year-old- brother, Oscar, were detained. Both are US citizens with passports who cross the border every day to go to school.

This family was separated for 32 hours, and border officials told Julia that she was lying about being a US citizen because her passport picture did not match her.

They also accused her brother of smuggling and attempted to have him sign a confession, stating Julia was his cousin, not his sister.

TYT discussed the issues with ICE and border patrol and their outright defiance of a federal order here:


More recently, TYT reports that Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, from Detroit was deported in June. He was born in Greece, but his family came to the US when he was 6 months old. He grew up in America, as an Iraqi national, but he was deported to Iraq.



He did not speak Arabic, the predominant language of Iraq.

He never lived in Iraq. He lived in Detroit, MI.

He was not Muslim. He belonged to the Chaldean sect of the Catholic church that largely supported Trump in 2016.


The Trump Administration has targeted over 1,000 Iraqis for deportation, according to Politico. That includes Chaldean Catholics—a minority believed to have originated in ancient Mesopotamia, who face discrimination in present-day Iraq. Aldaoud was one of the Detroit-area Chaldeans given a final order of removal, although he challenged the decision in court.



He had no family there. All of his family lives in Detroit and has for decades.

He was homeless in Iraq, unable to find anyone to help him find work, a home, or his medicine.

Mr. Aldaoud was schizophrenic, which led to a criminal record in the US. His family has stated he was seeking counseling and getting treatment for the condition. He was also diabetic.

He was found dead Wednesday. Apparently, he died due to complications from diabetes, because he could not get his insulin.

This is just a snapshot of immigration practices in Trump’s America. A Google search turns up a distressing number of these stories. This is not a “protecting our borders” issue. It is not an immigration issue. This is Trump’s racism running rampant through government channels.

This is #PlanetIS.

We are #1Race, and it is far beyond time for us to act like it.



Gwendolyn J

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6 thoughts on “#PlanetIS: Deported Man Dies Homeless In Iraq (While ICE Detains US Citizens)

  1. This is really a disheartening story to read about. President Trump’s policy against border protection and stuff is really getting out of hands. How on earth would anyone punish an American citizen within the country?! This is simply absurd and uncalled for! I really hope some meaningful actions would be taken towards curbing the excesses of this. Great post!

    1. RoDarrick,

      Many of us are greatly distressed and angry about the twists our country is going through. 

      It is my hope that we can bring about change through the voting process, but even that has been corrupted by those who wish to retain power. It is a depressing state of affairs, but we will fight for what is right.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      Gwendolyn J

  2. Wow!! Gwendolyn. I knew things were bad, as far as immigration is concerned, but I didn’t realize it had quite gotten that bad. The story about the young girl and her brother was very sad. Imagine the damage an altercation such as that does to a young person. Why does what is happening in the USA sadden and bother me? Because we are seeing similar situations occurring here in Australia. Recently a New Zealander was sent back to his birth country after facing some ridiculous minor charge. It scares me because I was born on the Netherlands and my parents moved to Australia when I was two years old. I don’t know any one in my birth country and I can’t even speak the language, yet I could be sent there if I make just one little mistake. Thank you for writing this blog and informing us about the shocking things that are happening to innocent people in your country. Lets hope that commonsense prevails in both our countries soon. Jim

    1. Jim,

      A lot of Americans share your fear. This is happening all over the country. This is just a handful of examples. YouTube has pages of videos and stories about people unlawfully detained, threatened with deportation and held without due process. In many cases, no investigation is done unless someone shames them into it. 

      This frightens me quite a bit because my oldest son was once mistaken for Latino on his way home from work. He was pulled over by police and questioned about a robbery that took place in the area. He is multi-ethnic, but he does NOT look or sound Latino at all. 

      My other son was pulled over and tossed around by police when he was heading to a music gig out of town. He tried to bring a lawsuit against the department, but there has been no movement on it at all in two years. 

      I hope the laws in your country and mine can be moderated to stop these senseless abuses of the people. 

      Thank you for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

  3. Wow, this is inhumane. When all this started, I thought it was something that will eventually die down but it looks like a lot has been happening. And why do the news channels not carry this stories. It is annoying and I feel this brutality should stop. Why would people be taken away from their homes, it’s unfair to them. The story of the Iraqi man is hurting. He died and we can as well say Trump killed him. We hope things can change for the better. 

    1. Henderson,

      Far from dying down, despite a federal judge’s order, ICE and Border Patrol are still detaining people for the most ridiculous reasons and holding them in overcrowded cages for months. Several politicians are challenging this practice, so hopefully, we will see some changes. IF not, I do not know what ill become of us as a people and a country.

      We are no longer a sanctuary for the displaced and persecuted. We have become the displacers and the persecutors. It breaks my heart. 

      Thanks for stopping by,

      Gwendolyn J

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