The so-called “ISIS Bride” who ran away from home to join ISIS has now had a change of heart and wants to come home.
And what was the reply from both the U.K. and the U.S.?
The message is clear: there are no do-overs when you join the murderous Islamic State, much the same way all the people that ISIS decaptitate do not get a “do over”.
Enjoy your time over
Here's more, from the NY Post:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said “ISIS bride” Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be allowed back into America.
“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria,” he said in a statement.
But a lawyer for Muthana — who grew up in Alabama and fled to Syria in 2014 to join ISIS, but is now in a refugee camp, begging to be allowed back into the United States — insisted to The Post that she is indeed a citizen.
“Hoda was born in the United States. She absolutely is a citizen. The Department of State is wrong,” said Hassan Shibly, adding that she was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in 1994.
“It’s because they’re claiming her dad was a diplomat and the argument is that children of diplomats even if they’re born in the US are not citizens.”
Shibly said Muthana’s father was a Yemeni diplomat to the US, but she was born months after he finished that job.
While kids born in the US are typically granted citizenship, babies born to foreign diplomatic officers are exceptions.
Shibly says Muthana has held a valid United States passport. In a tweet after she joined ISIS, she posted a photo of woman’s hands holding a US, UK, Canadian and Australian passports, with the caption, “Bonfire soon, no need for these any more.”
And from the NY Times:
President Trump said Wednesday the United States would not re-admit an American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State and now wants to come home.
The woman, Hoda Muthana, does not qualify for citizenship and has no legal basis to return to the country, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
In 2014, Ms. Muthana, then a 20-year-old student in Alabama, traveled to Turkey, hiding her plans from her family. She told them she was heading to a university event.
In fact she was smuggled into Syria, where she met up with the Islamic State and began urging attacks in the West.
Now, with the militant group driven out of Syria, Ms. Muthana says she is deeply sorry, but American officials appeared intent on closing the door to her return.
Mr. Trump said in a post on Twitter that he had directed the secretary of state “not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!”
Mr. Pompeo issued a statement declaring that she “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.”
Mr. Pompeo said Ms. Muthana did not have “any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.”
Ms. Muthana says she applied for and received a United States passport before leaving for Turkey. And she was born in the United States — ordinarily a guarantee of citizenship.
Mr. Pompeo’s statement did not offer a rationale for why the State Department does not consider Ms. Muthana a citizen. But American officials seem to be hinging their argument against allowing her back in on an exception in the law.
Ms. Muthana’s father was a Yemeni diplomat, and children born in the United States to active diplomats are not bestowed birthright citizenship, since diplomats are under the jurisdiction of their home countries.