Elderly mother dies after Trump 'Muslim ban' prevents her returning to the US for treatment

Published February 1st, 2017 - 12:12 GMT
Protesting the 'Muslim ban' at America's airports. (AFP/File)
Protesting the 'Muslim ban' at America's airports. (AFP/File)

A woman who lived in America since 1995 died after Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ prevented her coming back to America for medical treatment.

Mike Hager, the woman’s son, said the 75-year-old was turned away on a US-bound flight from Iraq and died the next day.

"They destroyed us,” Hager told Fox 2. “I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family.”

The former American serviceman, had travelled to Iraq with his 75-year-old mother, Naimma, and several other family members. When Naimma fell ill, none of the family expected any trouble on their return back to the U.S.

However, Hager, an American citizen, said his mother was stopped at the airport in Iraq, despite having a green card and having lived in the U.S. since 1995.

His nieces and nephews who were travelling with the family were also banned.

"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 - that she's not going to make it," he told WJBK news station in Detroit.

Hager was reportedly born in Iraq and fled during the Gulf War. In the 2000s, he worked as an American serviceman, working with the U.S. Special Forces as an interpreter and adviser.

Hager told the WJBK that he blames President Donald Trump's travel ban. Under Trump's ban, travelers from Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen are banned from traveling to America for 90 days.

He added that the new policy has made him feel as though he and his family were not wanted in the U.S.

“She’s gone because of him. This is our home. We’ve been here for too long, we’ve been here since we were kids. If I’m not wanted overseas in Iraq and I’m not wanted here, then where do I go? What am I supposed to do with my family?"


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