Man who claimed mom died from Trump’s travel ban lied

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Mike Hager told TV stations in Boston and Detroit that Trump’s travel ban caused the death of his mother because she was barred from coming back to the US. But that wasn’t true, according to his Imam. His mother died before the ban was even signed.

Fox 2 reported,

The leader of a mosque in Dearborn has confirmed to FOX 2 that a man who claimed his mother died in Iraq after being barred from returning to the United States under a ban instituted by President Trump this weekend, lied to FOX 2 about when her death occurred.

Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn, says Mike Hager’s mom did not pass away this weekend after the travel ban was put in place. The Imam confirms that Hager’s mother died before the executive order was signed.

In fact, Hager’s mother died on January 22 of kidney disease, several days before the ban. Imam Al-Hussainy said that Hager called him on January 19 to tell him that his mother was ill and that he and family members were traveling to Iraq to see her.

Hager even posted on his Facebook page January 22 to “memorialize” his mother’s death… the post has since been deleted.

He claimed he didn’t make anything up when confronted by news media. Fox 2 stated that when they tried to find him, he was “nowhere to be found.”

“Since I lost my mom I’ve been on heavy medication – I can’t even sleep. I did not make anything up.” Mike Hager

Fox 2 continued,

The Imam, who voted for Trump, did not want to address the general unrest over the travel ban or the weekend chaos for travelers and protesters at the airports. Instead, he called for peace and patience.

“There is confusion. There is a mix that they have to distinguish between good refugees and bad refugees and if this is what it takes to stop them for a while, to screen them, that’s fine for the security of the country,” he said.


Featured photo: Mike Hager screenshot from Fox 2