Hoda Muthana, the infamous former Alabama resident who fled America in 2014 to serve as a jihadi bride for ISIS, has been denied reentry into the United States.
“A federal judge ruled Thursday that Hoda Muthana, a US-born woman who left the country to join ISIS, is not an American citizen, and therefore the government has no obligation to facilitate her return or that of her 2-year-old son,” BuzzFeed has confirmed.
Muthana, 25, is a former U.S. citizen who was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and later lived in Alabama up until she chose five years ago to fly to Turkey, renounce her citizenship, join ISIS, and marry an ISIS fighter.
She rose to notoriety a year later by using social media to urge young American Muslims to join her bloody jihad and kill their fellow Americans.
“Americans wake up!” she wrote in a since-deleted Twitter post. “Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades..go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”
Now flash-forward to early 2019, when she reportedly fled an ISIS-controlled village in Syria for unclear reasons and was subsequently captured by Kurdish forces and transferred to a camp. She then began pleading for re-entry into the U.S., telling the media that she’s a changed woman and thus deserves to return “home.”
President Donald Trump and his top officials promptly rejected that argument:
I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019
Statement on Hoda Muthana
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.https://t.co/4Cm1UpDzTh pic.twitter.com/I8eceMtFJe
— TRUMP MOVEMENT (@TRUMPMOVEMENTUS) February 20, 2019
So did Judge Reggie Walton.
“[He] said there was sufficient evidence that Muthana had been born while her father, who once represented Yemen in the United Nations, still had diplomatic status in the US,” BuzzFeed noted.
This is relevant because federal regulations and internal law “state that children of foreign diplomats born in the US are not subject to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees birthright citizenship, because they are born under the jurisdiction of another country.”
However, Walton wasn’t done yet.
After Muthana’s requests for reentry were initially denied earlier this year, her U.S.-based father filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and President Donald Trump.
The father of the so-called “ISIS bride,” Hoda Muthana, has filed a lawsuit in DC federal district court, seeking a declaration that his daughter (and her son) are US citizens by birth and therefore have a right to return to the United States: https://t.co/ojiXdhKQhf pic.twitter.com/u3pJ0EpVey
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) February 22, 2019
It was this suit that Walton ruled on Thursday.
The former jihadi bride’s father also demanded that he be allowed to send his daughter money. He claimed that his prior attempts were blocked by FBI officials on the grounds that he’d be providing material support to ISIS. The judge agreed with this assessment.
“Walton also ruled that Muthana’s father could not provide financial support to his daughter and grandson, who was born in territory under ISIS control and whom he has never met, without being subject to charges of providing material support to terrorism,” BuzzFeed reported.
This means that the former allegedly reformed ISIS terrorist can neither enter the U.S. nor benefit from the money of her father. She has to survive on her own, for better or worse.
The response on social media has been one of ecstatic joy, and not only because the idea of a former terrorist living among the American people was distressing. There’s also been evidence to suggest that Muthana isn’t really reformed.
In an interview with ABC News earlier this year, she seemed to excuse her prior attempts to incite violence in the U.S. by citing the death of one of her husbands, an ISIS fighter, on the battlefield.
“I was still at the peak of being brainwashed I guess and I had people all around me that were just widowed so we were very angry … because we were all just young girls married for the first time — most of us it was our first relationships — and then he just suddenly died,” she said.
When asked what sort of punishment she deserves for her treachery against the U.S., she said, “Maybe therapy lessons. Maybe a process that will ensure that we’ll never do this again.”
Listen to some of that interview below:
(Source: ABC News)
The lack of remorse and growth seemed quite apparent.
See the response on social media below:
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) November 15, 2019
I think it’s time to investigate the entire family for supporting terrorism since they tried to bring their terrorist daughter into the US. They do not seem like fellow Americans to me. My immigrant ancestors taught FOR America, not against it. @IlhanMN
— brian haggard (@BhhagBrian) November 15, 2019
Excellent. Glad to see the law was upheld. We don’t need terrorists of any kind in this country.
— HotMessInTheUS ???? (@MyHotMessDress) November 15, 2019
— A-Aron (@aaronjc) November 15, 2019
— Hunter Vanchiere (@Kamiphenonymous) November 14, 2019
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