US President Donald Trump ordered the return to the country of Hoada Muthana, an Alabama citizen who escaped to join the jihadist Islamic State (IS) group and now seeks to return to her country and says she is sorry for what she said. did. The government has argued that it is not American to prevent its entry.
Trump’s refusal to admit Muthana, 24, occurs just as the president pressures European countries to repatriate their own IS fighters. The case is likely to be taken to court since it is very difficult to lose US citizenship. We recommend: Foreigners who no longer want to be from the Islamic State seek a country
Trump said on Twitter that he instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “not allow the return of Hoda Muthana to the country,” breaking the United States’ protocol of not commenting on particular immigration issues.
“Mrs. Hoda Muthana is not a citizen of the United States and will not be admitted to the United States,” Pompeo had said in a brief statement earlier. “She has no legal basis, no valid US passport, no right to a passport or visa to travel to the United States.”
The United States generally grants citizenship to all those born in its territory and it is believed that Muthana, raised in Alabama, traveled to Syria with a US passport. But a US official told AFP that Muthana was not entitled to that passport, and said: “The citizenship of Mrs. Muthana has not been revoked because she was never a citizen.”
Muthana’s father was a diplomat in Yemen, and the children of diplomats do not automatically receive citizenship, even if they are born in US territory. But the girl’s lawyer, Hassan Shilby, showed a birth certificate indicating that his client was born in New Jersey in 1994 and said that his father had ceased to be a diplomat “months and months” before his birth.
“She is a US citizen, she had a valid passport, she may have broken the law and, if she has, she is willing to pay the price,” Shilby told AFP at his Tampa office, saying that Muthana wants due process and I would accept to go to prison if convicted. See also: The last kilometer of land under the control of the Islamic State
“We can not get to a point where we simply remove citizenship from those who break the law, that’s not what the United States is about, we have one of the best legal systems in the world and we must abide by it.”
Trump urged his European allies on Sunday to repatriate and prosecute his hundreds of citizens detained in Syria, from where he plans to withdraw US troops. In comparison, few Americans have embraced radical Islamism, according to the NGO Counter Extremism Project, which has identified 64 who joined the IS in Syria or Iraq.
Muthana, raised in a strict home in Hoover, Alabama, said EI messages from social media brainwashed her and she went to Syria in 2014 without her parents knowing. Soon after, he posted on Twitter a picture of four women who seemed to burn their Western passports, including one from the United States.
Under the name of “Umm Jihad,” Muthana actively participated in jihadist propaganda, calling even to “shed American blood” and glorifying EI, which came to dominate vast areas of Syria and Iraq.
But the young woman, who is detained in northeastern Syria by allied Kurdish forces in the United States, said she has renounced extremism and wants to return home with her 18-month-old son, whom she had with one of her three jihadist husbands.
“It would be very difficult for me to correctly express how much I regret my past words, the pain I caused to my family and any concerns I caused to my country,” he said in a handwritten note to his lawyer. It may interest you: He joined the Islamic State, beheaded, had children and wants to return to London
The US decision on Muthana comes amid growing debate in Europe over the nationality of extremists. The United Kingdom has just revoked the citizenship of Shamina Begum, who in 2015 traveled to Syria to marry an IS fighter.
London said that she was entitled to Bangladeshi citizenship due to family ties, but the Dhaka government denied eligibility on Wednesday, making her stateless.
Trump, who has a tough anti-immigration discourse, raised the possibility of ending citizenship by birth, guaranteed in the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, before the mid-term elections last year.
But US citizenship is hard to lose, as proven by, among others, the historic 1967 Afroyim decision of the Supreme Court.
In 2011, the government did not believe it was possible to revoke the citizenship of two Americans in Yemen, the prominent al Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki and his 16-year-old son both died in unmanned attacks ordered by President Barack Obama.