Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, spent nearly his entire life in the US but was swept up in President Donald Trump's immigration enforcement orders.
Since news of his death came to light, a video has emerged on the Facebook page of a humanitarian activist in Iraq of a dishevelled-looking Mr Aldaoud on the streets of Baghdad.
Immigration attorney Edward Bajoka, who said he was close to Aldaoud's family, wrote on Facebook that he died because he was unable to treat his diabetes. "Your blood is on the hands of ICE and this administration". Bajoka said Aldaoud had never been to Iraq and didn't speak Arabic.
His lawyer though said severe mental issues led to his trouble with the law.
"This never should have happened, and no one should be sent to a country where they are going to be persecuted for their faith", Moolenaar said in a statement.
"And I don't understand the language, anything". I'm sleeping in the street. "He's diabetic, and they deported him with no insulin, no medication". I've been throwing up, throwing up, sleeping in the streets, trying to find something to eat. "I've got nothing over here".
Jimmy Aldaoud, 41, held Iraqi citizenship through his father, but was born in a refugee camp in Greece and his family travelled to the U.S. legally as refugees when he was six months old in 1979.
Al-Daoud's roughly 20 convictions over two decades include assault, domestic violence, home invasion and disorderly conduct, ICE officials said. Because he wasn't a USA citizen, those criminal convictions made him eligible for deportation. They had been allowed to stay in the US for years because Iraq wouldn't accept them, until recently. The family moved to Detroit when he was just six months old.
Aldaoud was included in the 2017 sweep but later released when the ACLU sued on his behalf and a judge granted an injunction. Now, per Jimmy's family's wishes, he can receive a proper Catholic funeral and be buried next to his mother in MI, the only home he has ever known.
"Jimmy's deportation was a death sentence", Levin said.
But Mr Levin said that was no justification for deporting him.
"Now, someone has died".
Members of the Chaldean community, organizations and elected officials have been fighing to prevent the deportation of Iraqi nationals. They also said Aldaoud was given enough "medicine to ensure continuity of care" when he was deported.
Mr Levin said authorities in the country had so far been reluctant to release the body without "extensive documentation" from his family in the US.
His congressman, Democrat Andy Levin, told the network: "Jimmy died tragically of a diabetic crisis". Levin says the Chaldean Community Foundation will cover the costs of repatriating Al-Daoud's body. As many as 1,400 Iraqis were at risk of deportation after the action.
"I'm glad that my office could give Jimmy's family this small sense of solace, but to honor his memory, we still must do everything we can to prevent another death by deportation". We knew he would not survive if deported. "What we don't know is how many more people [US Immigration and Customs Enforcement] will send to their deaths".