Hani al-Bazoni, who was deported from the United States to Iraq under U.S. President Donald Trump's strengthened immigration enforcement, shows the picture of his son, a U.S. sailor during an interview with Reuters at his home in Basra, Iraq August 19, 2019. REUTERS/Essam al-Sudani
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Since being deported from the United States in January, Hani al-Bazoni has spent most of the past eight months in a small room in the Iraqi city of Basra, waiting for his sister's daily visits.
Some days, he says, he struggles to get up from his mattress on the floor. On others, he looks at pictures of his wife and seven children, all U.S. citizens: his eldest is a cadet in the U.S. Marines, his youngest is three.
"I am too afraid to leave the house," Bazoni told Reuters. "I don't know anyone here and I don't have any money."
Bazoni is one of dozens of people of Iraqi origin deported from the United States since 2017, when Iraq agreed to take back its citizens with criminal convictions as part of a deal to remove itself from President Donald Trump's travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.
U.S. congressmen, lawyers and human rights activists say Iraq, still riven by sectarian divisions 16 years after the U.S.-led invasion, remains unsafe for such returnees.
Retired Army Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber stands beside his adopted daughter Hyebin and wife Soo Jin. (Courtesy photo)
A retired Army officer with 27 years of service and six deployments under his belt is now fighting to keep his adopted daughter from deportation to South Korean.
Lt. Col. Patrick Schreiber and his wife Soo Jin, who he met during a deployment to South Korea in the 1990s, took in Soo Jin's niece Hyebin as their legally adopted daughter when she was 15 years old, McClatchy's Tara Copp reports.
A Mexican immigrant couple living in Brooklyn attempted to visit a family member stationed at Fort Drum, New York, on the Fourth of July before his upcoming deployment — but instead, they were detained at the base gate, questioned by Border Protection agents, and taken to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility miles away, according to a local NBC news affiliate.