The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a woman who left her home in Alabama to join ISIS but then decided to return to the US.
The court declined to hear Hoda Muthana’s appeal without comment on Monday. Hoda Muthana was born in New Jersey in October 1994 to a Yemeni diplomat and grew up in Alabama near Birmingham.
Muthana reportedly departed the United States in 2014 to join the ISIS terrorist organization after getting radicalized online.
While she was abroad, the authorities concluded she was not a citizen of the United States and cancelled her passport, citing her father’s position as a diplomat at the time of her birth. Her family filed a lawsuit to allow her to return to the United States.
In 2019, a federal judge found that the US government was correct in determining Muthana was not a US citizen despite her birth in the nation. Children of diplomats do not have the right to citizenship at birth. The family’s attorneys filed an appeal, claiming that her father’s position as a UN diplomat had expired before her birth, making her a naturalized citizen.
Muthana surrendered to the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces when ISIS forces lost the remaining vestiges of their self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria and were forced to flee to refugee camps.
Muthana stated that she regretted joining the organization and wished to return to the United States with her toddler kid, the son of a guy she met while living with the gang. The man died subsequently.
Her present whereabouts is unknown. Christina Jump of the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America did not respond to an email requesting comment on Tuesday.
Former President Barack Obama took the decision to cancel her passport. Former President Donald Trump tweeted about the matter, stating he had asked the secretary of state not to allow her back into the nation.