Hoda Muthana, 24, left the U.S. when she was 20 to join the Islamic State in Syria and now she wants to return with her 18-month-old son. She left the University of Alabama, telling her parents she was going to a school event and using money meant for tuition, she caught a flight to Istanbul instead. Once inside ISIS-controlled territory, Muthana tweeted she would burn her passport soon, since she didn’t need it anymore.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and has no legal right to return. Ahmed Ali Muthana, Hoda’s father, claims Trump, Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr are unconstitutionally taking away her citizenship rights. The Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America are assisting him in his fight to get his daughter and grandson home.
While Muthana was born in the U.S., her father was a Yemini diplomat. If he was an active diplomat when she was born, Muthana isn’t entitled to birthright citizenship. Instead, she would be a Yemeni citizen. Muthana claims her father left his post months before she was born. Both Hoda and her father say the matter was settled back in 2004 when she obtained a passport.
Once in Syria, Muthana incited violence against Americans via Twitter. She says she regrets believing ISIS propaganda and will face justice. Alabama Sen. Doug Jones says he wants Muthana to return to the U.S. so she can stand trial for crimes against the U.S.; she is out of reach of the U.S. justice system in Syria, where Muthana now lives in a refugee camp.
Britain is facing the same dilemma as ISIS bride Shamima Begum, who ran away to Syria at age 15, wants to return. She also has a child she wants to raise in Britain, however. British authorities revoked Begum’s citizenship. Unlike Muthana, Begum’s father supports his country’s decision.