2019-11-19 09:45:28 UTC
under no obligation to let her back into the country, a federal
judge ruled Thursday.
Judge Reggie Walton found there was enough evidence to prove
Muthana the US-born mom who fled her home in Alabama to join
the terror group in Syria in 2014 but has been begging to come
back to the US was born while her father was a Yemeni
diplomat, BuzzFeed News reported.
The judge said Muthanas father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, cant
provide financial support to either her or her 2-year-old son,
Adam, who was born in ISIS territory, without facing potential
charges of providing material support to terrorism.
Christina Jump, one of the lawyers representing the Muthana
family, confirmed the judges ruling in a statement obtained by
While we are disappointed with and disagree with the Courts
ruling today, this is not the end of our clients legal options.
We will wait to read the Courts written opinion, and will
evaluate our available options at that time, Jump said.
Ahmed claimed in a lawsuit against the Trump administration that
he surrendered his diplomatic status on June 2, 1994, months
before his daughter was born in Hackensack, New Jersey. Her
family said Hoda also had a legitimate passport when she left
the US to join ISIS.
The Obama administration initially determined she was not a
citizen and notified her family that it was revoking her
passport in January 2016.
Babies born in the US are typically granted citizenship, but
those born to foreign diplomatic officers are exceptions, under
the Immigration and Nationality Act.
In previous interviews, Hoda, 25, has claimed shes a changed
woman who no longer holds the same ideology as ISIS followers.
I hope America doesnt think Im a threat to them and I hope
they can accept me, she said in February, speaking from a
refugee camp in northern Syria.
Shes also claimed that she was brainwashed by ISIS.
After joining ISIS at the age of 19, Hoda who has been married
to at least two ISIS fighters who died, one of whom was the
father of her only child called for attacks on Americans.
Americans wake up. Go on drive-bys and spill all of their
blood. Veterans, patriots, she wrote in one 2015 tweet.
Hodas highly publicized about-face begging to return to the US
prompted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to issue a statement in
February saying she wouldnt be let back in the country.
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 the statement.
President Trump also weighed in on the diplomatic debacle.
I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully
agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country! he
Jumps statement noted that the judges ruling was only based
on his interpretation of when diplomatic immunity ends.
The Court did not base its ruling on a tweet by the President,
or by any supposed proclamation made by any official, she said.
United States citizenship cannot be revoked by tweet or any
other form of social media, and todays ruling does not change