The “ISIS Bride” who once advocated drive-by shootings and mass killings on Twitter in 2015 has been ruled not a U.S. citizen and not eligible to return by federal judge Reggie Walton.
Hoda claimed that she never hated America and pleaded to come back after joining the Islamic state didn’t go how she had hoped.
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WashingtonExaminer reports a woman born in New Jersey, who fled the United States to join the Islamic State five years ago, isn’t an American citizen and won’t be leaving the Syrian refugee camp where she resides, a federal judge ruled.
Hoda Muthana, the so-called ISIS bride, “doesn’t have a constitutional right to return to the United States because she is not a U.S. citizen,” Judge Reggie Walton of the District of Columbia District Court ruled Thursday.
Muthana, 25, left her family home in Alabama and dropped out of school in 2014 after making contact with ISIS fighters through social media. She was born to a Yemeni diplomat in 1994 and was issued an American passport despite eventual confusion about when her father’s diplomatic post officially came to an end.
Muthana burned her U.S. passport in 2014 and declared herself to be a part of the caliphate, using social media to encourage others to join too. She married an Australian-born ISIS fighter who was killed in 2015 and then married a Tunisian-born fighter who was also killed, but with whom she had a son. Muthana also married and divorced another fighter.
During the brief hearing Thursday afternoon, the judge heard arguments from Christina Jump, who was representing Hoda Muthana’s father Mohammed Ali Muthana, and from DOJ attorney Scott Stewart, who was appearing on behalf of the State Department and the U.S. government. Walton’s surprise ruling came after a 15-minute recess. The judge’s quick decision may have been based on the recent shifting and uncertain conditions in Syria he referenced in his opening remarks. Walton said he’d issue a written opinion within 30 days.
The debate hinged on a clause in Article 43 of the Vienna Convention about when an ambassador’s diplomatic immunity ends. Muthana’s attorney says her father was terminated as a diplomat in June 1994 and that his diplomatic posting officially ended on Sept. 1, 1994. Muthana was born on Oct. 28 that year. It was only in February 1995 that documentation suggests the United Nations and the U.S. were notified of her father’s termination, however, and the judge agreed with the Trump administration that it was the notification date that was key.
Jump claimed Muthana’s father’s request for a passport for her was approved and that her passport was subsequently renewed was an acknowledgment of citizenship by the U.S., and she argued that the U.S. didn’t have any information that it didn’t have in 2004.
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