A story that made headlines over the past few days was heartbreaking, whether you support President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban or not.
Mike Hager, an Iraqi and business owner in Detroit who flew to Iraq to bring his mother back home to the US for medical treatment, claimed that she was blocked from returning home under Trump’s temporary ban travel from seven nations (one of which is Iraq). He said that while she was waiting for approval to fly home, she died from an illness, and that she would still be alive today if not for the ban. He is quoted as saying, “they destroyed us. I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family.”
A sad story, without a doubt. Too bad it’s completely made up.
As the New York Daily News discovered:
A war contractor who claimed President Trump’s controversial travel ban caused his mother to die in Iraq lied about the circumstance.
Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, head of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, Mich. told WJBK-TV that Mike Hager’s mother died five days before Trump issued the executive order.
He confirmed Hager’s 75-year-old mother had been treated in Detroit, where she lived, for kidney disease before traveling to Iraq to visit family.
The Daily News has reached out to Hager for comment.
Hager fled his native Iraq during the Gulf War and lived as a refugee for four years before finally moving to the U.S. and gaining American citizenship.
Hager claimed he was the only one of his family members allowed through at the border, and his mother, stranded at the Iraqi airport, passed away the next day, according to WJBK-TV.
Who knew? Trump’s travel ban is so dangerous it managed to kill someone five days before it was law.
[Note; This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]