America Was His Home
        America Was His Home narrative poetry stories

mike_mezz Writer, historian and musician
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The heartbreaking true story of Jimmy Aldaoud who was abducted by ICE

America Was His Home

America Was His Home By: Mike Mezz Week 7 Support Comma Winning poem 2020

America Was His Home By: Mike Mezz The heartbreaking true story of Jimmy Aldaoud

Jimmy Aldaoud was deported He was American to the bone He never set foot in Iraq Arrived in America at six months old

Jimmy loved life and had many friends He called Michigan home He was very good at chess His health problems were known

Diabetes and schizophrenia Is what Jimmy battled most Until ICE showed up one day And kidnapped him from his home

ICE wouldn't allow him to use the phone He wasn't permitted to tell his family goodbye He begged and pleaded to be left alone They didn't care if he lived or died

They were sending him to Iraq A place he didn't even know They dragged him on a plane He landed in Baghdad alone

He was living on the streets Jimmy didn't know a soul He couldn't get anything to eat His insulin was dangerously low

"I don't understand the language" "I don't understand the money" "I don't understand the street" Jimmy said on video in desperate worry

Jimmy couldn't speak Arabic And he had nowhere to go Someone found his dead body On the streets of Baghdad all alone

Jimmy Aldaoud was fourty-one He died in a place he didn't know ICE just sent him to his death This administration has no soul

Jimmy didn't have to die In a far off land he didn't know Today he would still be alive America was his only home

"Donald J Trump is responsible for Jimmy Aldaoud's death" - Andy Levin, U.S. congressman

*In memory of Jimmy Aldaoud* Copyright © 2020 Mike Mezz (All rights reserved)

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