‘Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) The father of ISIS bride Hoda Muthana filed a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration on Thursday, for blocking his daughter from returning to the United States.
Ahmed Ali Muthana, the father, is represented by attorneys from the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America.
The suit alleges an “unlawful attempt” to revoke her citizenship.
“Citizenship is a core right under the Constitution, and once recognized should not be able to be unilaterally revoked by tweet — no matter how egregious the intervening conduct may be,” the lawsuit states.
Hoda Muthana, 24, is from Hoover, Alabama, but left five years ago to join ISIS in Syria.
In a handwritten statement provided to CNN by a Muthana family representative, Hoda Muthana reportedly expressed regret for joining the terrorist group and desperately wants to return home.
The statement allegedly says that when she left for Syria she was a “naive, angry, and arrogant young woman.”
That’s a decidedly different tone, however, than her social media postings over the past several years.
In 2015, Hoda Muthana tweeted from a now-suspended account, “You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drive-bys and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriot, Memorial etc Day parades…go on drive by’s + spill all of their blood or rent a big truck n drive all over them. Kill them.”
She also tweeted that there are, “Soooo many Aussies and Brits here…But where are the Americans, wake up u cowards,” according to Buzzfeed.
She added that American ISIS supporters who couldn’t make it to Syria should: “Terrorize the kuffar [a derogatory term for non-Muslims] at home.”
Since joining ISIS, Muthana was married three times to Islamic State fighters. She currently lives at the refugee camp with her 18-month-old son.
Despite the lawsuit’s citizenship claim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that Muthana is not, in fact, an American citizen.
“Ms. Hoda Muthana 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. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria,” Pompeo said in a statement on Wednesday.
President Trump tweeted that he instructed Pompeo to block her return.
I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2019