A federal judiciary on Thursday ruled that Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old lady born in New Jersey who joined ISIS in 2014, is not a US native.
Judge Reggie B. Walton of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a lawsuit brought forward by Muthana’s family in the beliefs of retrieving her and her 2-year-old boy from a refugee camp in Syria.
The lawsuit, registered in February, sought to have Muthana identified as a US citizen so that she and her son could be returned to the US. Muthana was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was living with her parents in Birmingham, Alabama before she made the determination to head to Syria in 2014 to follow the Islamic State.
The Department of Justice told in March that Muthana “is not and has nevermore been a US citizen.” The administration said in its filing that Muthana’s dad was a former Yemeni diplomat at the time of her birth, and was therefore under the diplomatic security of his home country. For this purpose, it said, Muthana did not get US citizenship by birth.
Muthana’s lawyer argued that assertion and showed Insider a letter of the United Nations that he said displays that Muthana’s father’s diplomatic status finished a month before Muthana’s birth. Muthana’s lawyers have said that he was under the opinion that Muthana was considered to be a native by the US government because she was issued a passport, according to The New York Times.
On Thursday, Walton told there was sufficient evidence showing that Muthana was born while her dad held diplomatic status in the US.
Muthana has suffered criticism for her decision to move to Syria and for promoting ISIS propaganda through her time with the group. According to the Counter Extremism Project, Muthana posted images on Twitter in 2014 announcing a purpose to burn her US passport and called for powerful attacks in the US.
She wedded three ISIS fighters while her time in Syria. Muthana fled the group with her young boy during its downfall and was arrested by Kurdish forces in January and put in a refugee camp alongside other ISIS ladies and children.
Muthana showed regret for her decisions, telling NBC News in a conference earlier this month that she “regrets every single thing” created by ISIS.
“Anyone that believes in God understands that everyone deserves a second opportunity, no matter how painful their sins were,” she said.
In February, President Donald Trump tweeted that he notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to let Muthana back into the country. Pompeo also published a statement on the same day saying that Muthana “is not a US citizen and will not be allowed into the United States.”