The congressman's office coordinates with Aldaud's family, US and Iraqi officials and funeral homes in both countries to arrange for the transportation of Aldaud's remains back to Michigan. The Chaldean Community Foundation, an advocacy organization for Iraqi Christians living in the United States, has paid for the trip, the Levin office said.
"Jimmy's death was an avoidable, unnecessary and predictable tragedy," Levin said. "My only hope is that Jimmy's family is experiencing some relief now that his body may be buried in his homeland, next to his mother's."
Aldow and his family came to the United States legally as refugees in 1979, when he was six months old, immigration and customs officials reported CNN earlier this month. His parents and three siblings became US citizens, though he never did.
When he was deported to Iraq in June, he never visited the country, had no family or friends there, and did not speak Arabic , According to Levin's office.
His body was found in August in an apartment in Baghdad, which he shares with another Iraqi-American deportee. His lawyer, Edward Bayoka, said Aldow could not find the insulin in the country that caused his death.
ICE officials stated that when he was deported, he was "provided with a full range of medicines to ensure continuity of care".
Aldaud is expected to be laid to rest at a private funeral later this week, the congressman's office reported.
"Jimmy was a sweet man with a kind heart," Aldaud's sisters say. "He loved our mother and we are comforted knowing that he will lie down to rest next to her."
"We hope Jimmy's story opens people's eyes and hearts to the understanding that we should not deport people to their deaths abroad."
Aldaud was arrested by the ICE before
Aldaud had extensive criminal history, a Detroit DDA official told CNN, which included "no less than 20 sentences between 1998 2017 "
ICE officials told CNN that he had deportation orders since 2005, even though he spent time in arresting the ICE in the early 2000s while in prison . He was remanded in 2017 and spent 18 months in ICE detention in Ohio before his release in December 2018.
In April, he was arrested by local law enforcement agencies for theft of a car and was arrested again by the ICE, said Bayoka.
His lawyer stated that Aldaud had several mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which contributed to his "problems with the law and ultimately [are] what led to his deportation."
Sonya Moghe contributed to this CNN report.