Fake news exposed: Man who claimed mom died in Iraq after Trump's ban lied, Imam confirms.

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Mike Hager, the man who claimed that his mother died after she was sent back to Iraq because of Donald Trump's temporary Muslim ban has just been made out for lying. According to Imam Husham Al-Hussainy, leader of the Karbalaa Islamic Educational Center in Dearborn Hager lied about the time of his mother's death.

He says that Hager's mother didn't die this weekend when the travel ban was put in place but instead she died before the executive order was even signed.

According to Al-Hussainy, Hager's mother had kidney disease and was receiving treatment in Michigan - where she lived - before traveling to Iraq to visit family. The Imam said she passed away on the Monday, January 22, five days before President Trump instituted the travel ban.

"That's true. The 22nd of January, his mom died," Al-Hussainy said. "She did die but that was a couple weeks ago - before the ban."

Al-Hussainy states that Hager contacted him on January 19th to tell him his mother was very sick with kidney disease and he was going to Iraq to be with her. She died there and another mosque in the Detroit area here even held a prayer service in her honor.

And it is very sad that Hager's mother died but it is very important to note that her death had nothing to do with President Donald Trump's travel ban. In the story Hager gave FOX2 on Tuesday, he and his family were stopped while trying to return from Iraq to Michigan. He said that he was allowed through because of his American citizenship but his ailing mother and other family members were not. He then claimed that his mom passed away in Iraq on Saturday, as he was traveling to the United States.

FOX 2 reported the fake story but eventually changed up the details as the Imam confirmed that it was indeed false. Now I don't know the exact reason why Hager would lie about the time of his mother's death but I'm guessing it has something to do with villainizing President Trump and his travel ban. When FOX11 tried to get in contact with Hager at his home and business, he was nowhere to be found. 

Earlier when confronted via text about his lie, Mike wrote "Since I lost my mom I've been on heavy medication - I can't even sleep. I did not make anything up."

The Imam, who voted for Donald Trump wasn't very verbal about the unrest over the travel ban but 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."

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