Mike (possibly an Americanization for Mohammad) Hager told TV stations in Boston and Detroit he tried to bring his mother back from Iraq last Friday but she wasn't allowed to enter the U.S. because of the Trump travel order restricting entry from seven countries known for spawning terrorists.
He also told Fox2: "Since I lost my mom I've been on heavy medication--I can't even sleep. I did not make anything up."
The last part should have been the clue that he was lying.
But Imam Husham Al-Hussainy said that Hager's mother actually died January 22nd, five days before the travel restrictions went into effect. The imam told the news station prayers for the woman at the Karbalaa Islamic Foundation Center in Dearborn.
So it looks like "Mike" won't be getting compensated for his anti-depressants or be able to sue Trump for the travel ban that he said killed his mom.
In fact, Hager posted on Facebook a memorial statement for his mother on January 22nd which he since deleted.
Al-Hussainy said he first learned that the woman died after members of his mosque and family's Facebook posts. A funeral was held for the woman at a nearby mosque last weekend.
Hager's claim was that he was a U.S. citizen but his mother and other family members who traveled to Iraq were not. The others were not allowed to return, he claimed.
How disgusting of anyone who would use the death of a parent to further a geopolitical and religious cause.
But it's comforting to know that there are imams and other Muslims who are patriotic.