Mike Hager said he was returning home with his family that included his sick mom. They were returning home to the United States where his mother has lived since 1995. As they were waiting in line at the airport in Iraq on Friday, he was told that he could pass through because he was a U.S. citizen. But his family members - including his mom - weren't allowed, despite holding green cards.
"They destroyed us. I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family," Hager said. [...]
"The immigration told us that the President of the United States put an order right now - you guys cannot go," he told FOX 2's Amy Lange.
Hager, his niece, and two nephews were traveling with his 75-year-old mother, Naimma, home to Michigan. They traveled to Iraq to visit family and when she fell ill. Hager said he didn't expect it to be a problem for the family to travel since they all had green cards and had lived in the United States for 20 years. [...]
Naimma, lived in the United States since 1995, wasn't allowed to come home. She died in her native country.
Hager, whose family left Iraq during the first Gulf War, and who “returned to Iraq where he worked as a contractor for the United States Special forces between 2003 and 2008 as an interpreter and cultural advisor,” laid the blame for his mother’s death squarely where it belongs:
He blames her death on President Trump. [...]As are we all.
Hager is mourning more than his mother; he's also mourning the way of life he believes that makes America great.