Omaha, Nebraska 2022-01-14 02:00:00 –
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the woman’s appeal to leave Alabama and join a terrorist group in the Islamic State, but then she decided she wanted to return to the United States.
The judge refused to consider the charm of Hoda Muthana, who was born in October 1994 in New Jersey to a Yemeni diplomat and grew up in Alabama near Birmingham, without comment.
Mutana left the United States to join the Islamic State in 2014 after apparently radicalizing online.
While she was abroad, the government determined she was not a US citizen and revoked her passport because of her father’s status as a diplomat at birth. Her family sued to allow her to return to the United States.
In 2019, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. government correctly determined that Mutana was born in the United States but was not a U.S. citizen. Children of diplomats are not eligible for natural citizenship. Family lawyers have appealed that her father’s position as a UN-assigned diplomat ended before her birth and automatically made her a citizen.
Mutana surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces as Islamic State fighters lost their last self-declared caliphate in Iraq and Syria and went to refugee camps.
Mutana regretted her decision to join the group and said she would like to return to the United States with her toddler child, the son of a man she met while living in the group. The man later died.
The decision to revoke her passport was made under former President Barack Obama. The case received widespread attention, saying that former President Donald Trump had instructed the Secretary of State not to return her to the country.
Her legal team plans to continue fighting for her and her little son, said Christina Jump, a lawyer representing the female family.
But Jump, who works with the American Constitutional Center for Islam, said lawyers are considering options.
“We will uphold Hoda and her son, and their citizenship rights,” she said. “We will continue to work for her.”
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