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Woman who joined Islamic State cannot return to U.S., Pompeo says

 

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at Lazienki Palace in Warsaw, Poland February 12, 2019. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

 

(Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday a woman born in the United States who joined the Islamic State militant group did not qualify for U.S. citizenship and had no legal basis to return to the country.

 

Hoda Muthana, 24, travelled to Syria over four years ago to join Islamic State, also known as ISIS. She married a succession of Islamic State fighters and went on Twitter to encourage attacks on the West.

 

In media interviews this week from a detention camp in Syria, Muthana said she was sorry for her actions and wanted to return to her family in Alabama with her toddler son.

 

Pompeo said Muthana was not a U.S. citizen and would 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," Pompeo said in a statement.

President Donald Trump said on Twitter he had directed Pompeo "not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!"

 

Pompeo’s statement did not explain why the State Department did not consider Muthana a U.S. citizen.

 

The action followed Britain's move to revoke the citizenship of a teenager after she joined Islamic State, citing security concerns.

 

14TH AMENDMENT

The U.S. Department of State did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but U.S. officials appeared to be basing their position on an exception in the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which grants citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States.”

 

Muthana’s father was a Yemeni diplomat, working in the United States. Children born in the United States to accredited diplomats, under the 14th Amendment, do not acquire citizenship since they are not "born ... subject to the jurisdiction of the United States," according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Hassan Shibly, a representative for the Muthana family and a staff member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, tweeted that she was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in October 1994, months after her father informed the U.S. government he was no longer a diplomat.

 

Charles Swift, director of the Constitutional Law Centre for Muslims in America, said her father's revocation of his diplomatic status meant Hoda Muthana was a U.S. citizen. Swift said he planned to file a lawsuit over her case.

 

(Reporting by Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Editing by Bill Tarrant and Peter Cooney)

 

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Canada will take her, lol. 

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1 minute ago, lust said:

Canada will take her, lol. 

No need, USA will take her.

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23 minutes ago, Somtamnication said:

2 years of this presidency and this is the ONLY thing I agree with. Feeding camels for the rest of her life; LOVE IT!

Policy decisions should not be made on popular demand.

In this case also against international law, most likely US law, and against policy announced a few days ago by Trump himself.

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5 hours ago, SamT said:

Awesome to see countries taking a uniform stance against this. My home country of NZ would welcome so.eone similar back with open arms and they'd probably be a member of parliament for the lefties within a few years of returning.

Funny how we are called far right wing (even though most of us have foreign wives) just as we do  not want people like this living in our country ! 

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5 hours ago, Lungstib said:

Some sort of odd contradiction going on here. Just a few days ago I read about Trump telling the European countries from which hundreds of ISIS fighters had originated (France, Holland, Belgium, Britain, Germany) that they must take these people back and not leave them running around to cause more havoc. There was some sense in the idea, suggesting I think they be sentenced and imprisoned in their country of origin rather than go on to fight again somewhere else. Now they suggest they wont take a recruit back. Legally it all gets rather confusing, and it seems Trumps administration isn't sure either.

It seems that officials in this administration don't talk to each other or are even aware of what any of them say.... may confirm reports of chaos in administration.

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6 hours ago, Somtamnication said:

2 years of this presidency and this is the ONLY thing I agree with. Feeding camels for the rest of her life; LOVE IT!

Hoda Muthana's case occurs at the same time as Trump urges Europeans to take back their hundreds of nationals held by the Arab-Kurdish alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) after joining ISIS, in order to bring them back home to trial….

Hoda Muthana, according to the organization Counter Extremism Project, actively participated in the jihadist propaganda under the pseudonym "Oum Jihad". She notably called for "to shed the American blood" and congratulated the perpetrators of the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people. "I take my hat to the moudj of Paris," she tweeted on her account today suspended.
She wants to return to the United States and has given interviews to several Western newspapers in which she says she deeply regrets her actions.

 

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