A Michigan man falsely claimed his mother died in Iraq after President Donald Trumps 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 travelled to Iraq with relatives to visit his ailing mother.

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