The case of Jimmy Al-Daoud is undoubtedly a tragedy. Al-Daoud is dead now. He is an immigrant from Iraq who never knew that country. He came here as an infant with his parents. He was deported not long ago and died in Iraq.
The media and political progressives are blowing up this case and blaming President Trump, but I am not sure it is fair to blame the President for this.
Al-Daoud was deported from the country after “roughly 20 convictions over two decades including assault, domestic violence, home invasion and disorderly conduct.” In fact, “Al-Daoud was released from custody in December after a federal court ordered the release of Iraqi nationals who were slated for removal. ICE officials said he cut his GPS tether on the day of release, as others have done, and Al-Daoud was arrested by local police for larceny from a motor vehicle in April.”
What makes this truly tragic is that he had both mental health problems and diabetes. ICE says they deported him with a supply of medicine and the suggestion is that neither his mental issues or diabetes should have contributed to his death. It may have been something else.
But we are in a hyper partisan age with a President who takes a hardline on immigration. We could have certainly just jailed Al-Daoud here, but he had been jailed repeatedly. He was a repeat offender. Others similarly situated get deported and he did too.
It is a tragedy. It is sad. But I do not think it is a wrong result. I do not think this is a situation where only Donald Trump would do such a thing. But it will, inevitably, become just another partisan attack against the President where so many will ignore the twenty convictions.