The woman popularly known as the “ISIS Bride” has been trying to get the Trump administration to allow her back into the United States. But her contention that she is a U.S. citizen and deserving of the protections therein has been shot down by U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton, who ruled this week that the federal government has no obligation to let Hoda Muthana back into the country.
From Fox News:
A federal judge ruled Thursday that an American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS) group and now wants to return to her family in Alabama is not a U.S. citizen.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton dismissed a lawsuit brought by the family of Hoda Muthana to force the federal government to let her in the country.
Muthana, 25, currently lives with her 2-year-old son in a refugee camp in Syria and has since repudiated the terrorist group. A court motion said she and child, identified only as John Doe, were moved from the Roj refugee camp after receiving death threats from ISIS supporters and that their lives are in danger, The New York Times reported.
Muthana’s family filed the lawsuit on the presumption that both the ISIS bride and her child were American citizens and should be brought back to Alabama.
“The citizenship status of minor John Doe depends upon the status of Ms. Muthana; accordingly, regardless of the choices made by his mother, the health and survival of a young U.S. citizen depends upon the expeditious resolution of Ms. Muthana’s civil case,” the lawsuit stated.
But Walton decided otherwise. Although Muthana was born in the United States, her father was at the time a Yemeni ambassador to the United Nations. U.S. law does not confer automatic citizenship to the children of foreign diplomats.
In addition to denying Muthana’s claim of citizenship, Judge Walton warned her father that he is not to send financial support to his daughter, lest he be subject to charges of providing support to known terrorists.
Muthana’s case has been in the news lately. She claims that she and her child are in mortal danger from their former ISIS colleagues – a situation she might have avoided by not joining an Islamic terrorist group in the first place.
In 2014, she left college and traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State. During her time with the group, she married a terrorist and used her social media feed to encourage Americans to rise up and commit acts of violence on innocent civilians.
This spring, President Trump said Muthana would not be permitted back into the United States.