US man blames Trump's travel ban for mum's death

US man blames Trump's travel ban for mum's death
Madam Naimma died a day after she was stopped from boarding a US-bound flight.
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DETROIT - A Detroit resident has blamed US President Donald Trump's travel ban for the death of his ailing mother, after she was prevented from boarding a flight back from her native Iraq.

Mr Mike Hager, an Iraq-born US citizen, had tried to board a US-bound flight with his mother, Madam Naimma, 75, and three other family members last Friday, US media reported.

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He was allowed to pass, but his mother and family members, all green card holders, were denied access.

Madam Naimma, who had wanted to seek medical help in the US, died a day later.

The upset business owner, who has been living in Michigan with his family since 1995, said: "I went with my family, I came back by myself. They destroyed our family... If they had let us in, my mum - she would have made it."

This article was first published on February 2, 2017.
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