Man Who Claimed Mother Died in Iraq After Trump Ban Lied, Imam Confirms

Naimma Hager's son originally said she had been barred from boarding a plane back to the U.S. from Iraq where she had been visiting relatives, local Detroit news reports.

Naimma Hager.
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A man who claimed that his 75-year-old woman from Detroit, Michigan died a day after she was turned away from a return flight to the U.S. to resume medical treatment due to U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order keeping out citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations lied about the matter, his imam confirmed to Detroit Fox 2 news.

Naimma Hager was originally from Iraq but had a valid green card and lived in the United States for more than 20 years with her family. Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, said she did not die this weekend after being barred entering the U.S., confirming that she died before the ban was put in place. 

According to her son Mike, she was visiting relatives in Iraq along with her son and three other family members, and fell ill there.

"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 said. "She's gone because of him (Trump)."  

Hager had worked in Iraq from 2003 to 2008 for the U.S. Special Forces as a contractor, interpreter and cultural; advisor, and was shot and wounded during his service. He still does not know when the rest of his family will be able to return.

An international traveler arrives at Logan Airport in Boston on January 30, 2017 after U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban.
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"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 said.