The United States Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from a woman who left her home in Alabama to join ISIS, but then ruled that she wanted to return to the United States.
Judges without comment on Monday declined to consider the appeal of Hoda Muthana, who was born in New Jersey in October 1994 to a Yemeni diplomat and raised in Alabama near Birmingham.
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Muthana left the United States to join the terrorist organization ISIS in 2014, apparently after becoming radicalized online.
While abroad, the government determined that she was not a U.S. citizen and revoked her passport, citing her father’s diplomatic status at the time of her birth. His family filed a lawsuit to allow him to return to the United States.
A federal judge ruled in 2019 that the U.S. government correctly determined that Muthana was not a U.S. citizen despite being born in the country. Children of diplomats are not entitled to birthright citizenship. The family’s lawyers appealed, arguing that her father’s status as a UN-assigned diplomat ended before she was born, automatically making her a citizen.
An undated photograph obtained on February 20, 2019 from attorney Hassan Shably shows Hoda Muthana, a 24-year-old woman from Alabama. (Document / AFP)
Muthana surrendered to the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces as ISIS fighters lost the last of their self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria and went to refugee camps.
Muthana said she regretted her decision to join the group and wanted to return to the United States with her toddler, the son of a man she met while living with the group. The man later died.
Its current whereabouts are unclear. Family lawyer Christina Jump from the Center for Constitutional Law for Muslims of America did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Tuesday.
The decision to revoke his passport was taken under former President Barack Obama. The case gained public attention when former President Donald Trump tweeted about it, claiming he had ordered the secretary of state not to allow him to return to the country.
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