A Michigan man falsely claimed his mother died in Iraq after President Donald Trump's travel ban went into effect, a local imam said Wednesday.
Mike Hager, the man, had told a local Fox affiliate that his mother was stranded at an Iraqi airport after Trump's executive order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries went into effect on Saturday.
Hager — an American citizen and a former refugee from Iraq — said he was allowed to board a flight home, while his mother was not. Hager said he had traveled to Iraq with relatives to visit his ailing mother.
"They destroyed us. I went with my family, I came back by myself," Hager said. "They destroyed our family."
However, a local imam, Husham Al-Hussainy, told the Fox affiliate that Hager's mother had actually died on January 22, five days before Trump signed the executive order. Al-Hussainy said Hager's mother had been receiving treatment for kidney disease in Michigan.
Mike Hager is adamant that he didn't make up Facebook post and an Imam in Dearborn say otherwise. https://t.co/Rwb6of8iNr
Business leaders react to Trump administration's travel ban
Business leaders react to Trump administration's travel ban
Bill Ford and Mark Fields, executive chairman and CEO of Ford
"Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are proud of the rich diversity of our company here at home and around the world." - Memo to employees
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO
"Like many of you, I'm concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump ...
"These issues are personal for me even beyond my family. A few years ago, I taught a class at a local middle school where some of my best students were undocumented. They are our future too. We are a nation of immigrants, and we all benefit when the best and brightest from around the world can live, work and contribute here. I hope we find the courage and compassion to bring people together and make this world a better place for everyone."
"The blanket entry ban on citizens from certain primarily Muslim countries is not the best way to address the country’s challenges.
"Many people negatively affected by this policy are strong supporters of the US. They've done right,not wrong & don't deserve to be rejected." - Twitter
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Tim Cook, Apple CEO
"Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do." - Memo to employees
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Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
"This executive order is one we do not support.
"We're a nation of immigrants whose diverse backgrounds, ideas, and points of view have helped us build and invent as a nation for over 240 years.... It's a distinctive competitive advantage for our country—one we should not weaken." - Memo to employees
Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO
"Trump's actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe. A very sad week, and more to come with the lives of over 600,000 Dreamers here in a America under imminent threat. It is time to link arms together to protect American values of freedom and opportunity." - Facebook
Howard Schultz, Starbucks CEO
"There are more than 65 million citizens of the world recognized as refugees by the United Nations, and we are developing plans to hire 10,000 of them over five years in the 75 countries around the world where Starbucks does business. "
"Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right and we must stand with those who are affected.
"Airbnb is providing free housing to refugees and anyone not allowed in the US. Stayed tuned for more, contact me if urgent need for housing." - Twitter
Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola CEO
"Coca-Cola Co. is resolute in its commitment to diversity, fairness and inclusion, and we do not support this travel ban or any policy that is contrary to our core values and beliefs." -e-mailed statement
Brian Moynihan, Bank of America CEO
"As a global company, we depend upon the diverse sources of talent that our teammates represent.
"In view of this, we are closely monitoring the recent refugee- and immigration-related executive order in the United States, and subsequent developments." - Memo to employees
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Travis Kalanick, Uber CEO
"Drivers who are citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen and live in the U.S. but have left the country, will not be able to return for 90 days. This means they won't be able to earn money and support their families during this period." - Facebook
Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia CEO
"I believe that with this Executive Order, our President has reverted to the short game. The U.S. may be ever so slightly less dangerous as a place to live, but it will certainly be seen as a smaller nation, one that is inward-looking versus forward thinking, reactionary versus visionary." - Memo to employees
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Jeff Immelt, General Electric CEO
"These employees and customers are critical to our success and they are our friends and partners." - Memo to employees
Trip Advisor CEO Stephen Kaufer
"We need to do more, not less, to help refugees. Trumps action was wrong on humanitarian grounds, legal grounds, and won't make us 'safer.' " - Twitter
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Salesforce CEO Vala Afshar
Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn CEO
"40% of Fortune 500 founded by immigrants or their children. All ethnicities should have access to opportunity -- founding principle of U.S." - Twitter
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Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff
"When we close our hearts & stop loving other people as ourselves (MK 12:31) we forget who we truly are---a light unto the nations. #noban" - Twitter
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Since Trump's election in November, there have been several incidents in which local officials have said individuals embellished incidents related to the president.
A Muslim teenager who reported being harassed on the New York City subway by supporters of Trump fabricated the story in December, police said. And an 18-year-old student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette who claimed that she was assaulted and robbed by two white men in the morning after Trump's election admitted to police she fabricated the incident.