Nearly seven years ago, Hoda Muthana left Alabama and became an ISIS bride. Now she is seeking to re-enter the U.S., but the Supreme Court announced Thursday it will not consider her lawsuit for re-entry. Muthana argues, “I am as American as any blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl and I should be allowed to return to America to do ‘American things’”
Western Journal (h/t Az gal) Muthana was born in New Jersey and raised in Alabama. She was 20 years old and a college student when she left and traveled to Syria to join the terrorist group, People reported.
She then married a succession of ISIS fighters (two of them were killed) and had a son with one of them. She openly celebrated on social media her terrorism and advocated violence. She burned her U.S. passport on social media and tweeted incendiary comments.
“America desrves (sic) everything it has coming to it, by Allah we will terrorise (sic) YOU! Until you submit to the Shariah” she tweeted. “Spill all of their blood … or rent a big truck n drive over them. Kill them,” she also tweeted, according to People.
However, when the Islamic State collapsed, she ran away with her son. She has spent years in a Syrian refugee camp, as Alabama News reported.
She has been trying to get back into the U.S. with her son, claiming citizenship since she was born in the states. Her legal team is the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, which said they will continue to fight for Muthana’s re-enty into the U.S. even now that the Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal they filed, according to the Washington Post.
She said in the documentary that her experience with ISIS was “this horrible way of life that I really regret for the rest of my life and that I wish I could just erase.” She also said that she was never actually part of any jihad.
“I’m not sympathetic. These women had agency. They’re not stupid,” Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert at Northeastern University, told People that same year. “They knew exactly what the Islamic State was all about. It was notorious for flaunting violence over social media.”
While she was overseas, the government determined she was not a U.S. citizen, even though she had had a passport. The reason she is not a citizen is due to her father’s status as a diplomat for Yemen at the time of her birth, as Alabama News reported.
Her family then sued to try to enable Muthana’s return to the states. But in 2019, a federal judge confirmed the government’s assessment that Muthana was not a citizen. The judge ruled that children of diplomats are not entitled to birthright citizenship in the U.S., as the Associated Press reported.