BAGHDAD – President Trump Wednesday said the United States would no longer accept an American-born girl who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State and now wants to go home.
Woman, Hoda Muthana, does not qualify for citizenship and has no legal basis to return to the country, state secretary Mike Pompeo said.
In 2014, Muthana, a 20-year-old student in Alabama, traveled to Turkey, hiding her plans from her family. He told them he was going to a university event.
In fact he was smuggled to Syria, where he met the State of Islam and began to drive Western attacks.
Mr. Trump told a Twitter post that he taught the state secretary to "do not allow Hoda Muthana back to the Country!"
Mr. Pompeo said Ms Muthana had no "legal basis, no U.S. passport valid, no passport, or any visa to travel to the United States."
Ms. Muthana said she applied and received a US passport before leaving Turkey. And he was born in the United States – usually a citizen guarantee.
Mr. Pompeo's statement does not offer a rational explanation why the Department of State does not mention a citizen of Ms. Muthana. But American officials seemed to have turned their arguments against allowing him to return to an exception to the law.
Ms. Muthana's father was a diplomat of Yemeni, and children born in the United States with active diplomats were not granted citizenship citizenship, as diplomats were under the jurisdiction of their own country.
That law does not apply to the case of Ms. Muthana, Charlie Swift, director of the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, represents his family. Ms Muthana said she was born one month after her father was released from her position as a United Nations diplomat.
After joining the Islamic State, Mr. Swift, the family of Ms. Muthana received a letter indicating that she had withdrawn the passport. His father sent the government proof of his status with no conductivity at the time of his daughter's birth, but did not receive an answer.
Mr. Swift said Ms. Muthana is actually released by two American passports: one when he was young, and a renewal he applied to himself before leaving for Syria. In the case of the first, he said that his father provided a letter from the United Nations that proves he was released, in order to overcome the jurisdictional challenge.
Hassan Shibly, a lawyer in the Council of American-Islamic Relations Florida who is advising the family, issuing a birth certificate for Ms. Muthana showed that he was born in Hackensack, NJ, on October 28, 1994.
Mr. It is clear that his father left foreign service on June 1, 1994. Ms Muthana said, "is trying to introduce federal authorities and deal with the consequences for his actions."
David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said that if Ms. Muthana carries a valid passport in America, she has "irresistible citizenship in this country."
"If the passport is a legitimate passport and he is a US citizen, Pompeo does not say his citizenship," said Mr. Leopold.
On the other hand, he said, if his father was an accredited diplomat during his birth, then Ms Muthana was a permanent resident – Not a citizen. In that case, he said, the government could have grounds to prevent him from re-entering, even if he could be eligible for a hearing.
There are events, Leopold said, in which the government could withdraw citizenship, as a belief in an act of treason. But the oath of loyalty to a terrorist group or the commission of a crime such as providing a material support is insufficient.
Today 24, Ms. Muthana fled the ISIS territory in January, and was in the refugee camp in Syria with her son.
Ms. Muthana is one of at least 13 people identified as Americans – most of them women and children – held in concentration camps of Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria. Many of them face similar issues as Ms Muthana does, with the challenge of their citizenship on technical bases. Most Americans are caught in the battlefield are the subject of closed complaints and released to deal with charges.
At the end of the week, Mr. Trump was the allies in Europe because of the lack of persecution of their citizens in Syria. "The United States demands Britain, France, Germany and other allies in Europe to return 800 ISIS warriors that we have captured in Syria and put in trial," he posted on Twitter. "The alternative is not a good one in that we are forced to release them."