A federal judge ruled on Thursday, Nov. 14, that 25-year-old Hoda Muthana, who lived in Alabama but fled the United States to join ISIS in 2014, is not an American citizen and the United States is not required to repatriate her.
Muthana is the daughter of Ahmed Ali Muthana, Yemen’s former ambassador to the United Nations. Judge Reggie Walton ruled that Hoda Muthana could not be considered a U.S. citizen because she was born while Ahmed Ali still had diplomatic status. Ahmed Ali became a naturalized citizen since then, the National Review reported.
Walton ruled that Ahmed Ali is unable to provide financial assistance to his daughter, who escaped to a Kurdish refugee camp from ISIS in 2018. Hoda Muthana has a son, Adam, born in ISIS territory.
U.S. law prevents the children of foreign diplomats from obtaining American citizenship by birthright. Lawyers for Muthana’s family argued that Ahmed Ali’s diplomatic status had expired two months before Hoda’s birth in New Jersey, a statement, which Walton apparently denied.
Muthana had previously said in an interview that she wished to return to the United States.
“I want my son to be around my family, I want to go to school, I want to have a job and I want to have my own car,” she said in an interview with NBC.
She was actively involved in ISIS propaganda according to the Counter Extremism Project. In America, she also encouraged jihadi fighters to “go on drive-bys and spill all their blood.”
Muthana said that she “regrets every single thing” done by ISIS, which she joined in 2014 after endorsing extremist ideology while living in Alabama with her parents.
“Anyone that believes in God believes that everyone deserves a second chance, no matter how harmful their sins were,” Muthana said.
President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have previously refused to authorizing Muthana’s return.
“I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!” Trump wrote on Twitter in February of this year.
Meanwhile, Pompeo said, “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.”
“You have to remember the context. We’ve now taken down all but the last square inch of the caliphate in Syria, millions of people liberated by President Trump and our administration, the great things that our soldiers have done on the ground. There are not over 800 terrorists that are being held. She’s just one of them. She is a terrorist. She’s not a U.S. citizen. She ought not return to this country,” Pompeo explained in an interview with NBC News.