Earlier this week, an Alabama woman who left the United States five years ago to marry an ISIS fighter was denied re-entry into the United States after saying she regrets her actions and wants to come back home.
Now, her dad’s suing Trump for it.
According to CNN, “Ahmed Ali Muthana filed a lawsuit on Thursday in federal court in Washington, DC, to prevent what he calls an ‘unlawful attempt’ by the United States to rescind his daughter’s citizenship.”
The lawsuit filed by her father “seeks injunctive relief preventing the United States government from unconstitutionally robbing (Muthana and her son) of their rights as United States citizens,” according to the court document filed Thursday.
On Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Hoda Muthana, who left to join ISIS at 19 years old, “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.”
“She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States,” Pompeo said. “We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria.”
While Muthana’s father has argued that his daughter is a legal U.S. citizen, Fox News reports that may not be true as her father was a diplomat when Muthana was born, explaining that “According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, children born in the United States to accredited foreign diplomatic officers do not acquire citizenship under the 14th Amendment since they are not born subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. at the time.”
At one time, Muthana was one of ISIS’s most prominent online agitators, using Twitter to call on Americans to attack fellow Americans and “spill all of their blood.”
Now, she says she regrets her actions and wishes to return to the United States, telling The Guardian, “I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind.”