Federal Judge Rules Woman Born in New Jersey Who Joined ISIS is NOT an American Citizen

A federal judge has ruled that a 25-year-old woman born in New Jersey who later traveled to Syria and joined ISIS is not an American citizen.

Hoda Muthana had attempted to drum up sympathy and force the US to facilitate travel back to the nation where she was born for her and her two year old child.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia Judge Reggie Walton determined that since the terrorist-tied woman was born to a Tunisian father with diplomatic status she was not a citizen. Her father previously represented Yemen in the United Nations.

Buzzfeed reports:

“Federal regulations and international law state that children of foreign diplomats born in the US are not subject to the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees birthright citizenship, because they are born under the jurisdiction of another country.

Walton also ruled that Muthana’s father could not provide financial support to his daughter and grandson, who was born in territory under ISIS control and whom he has never met, without being subject to charges of providing material support to terrorism.”

Muthana had left the United States in 2014 and her child was born from her second marriage to an ISIS fighter. She left ISIS in 2018 and fled to a Kurdish refugee camp. She then began doing interviews in the media calling for the US to take her back.

“I was really young and ignorant,” Muthana said in an interview with 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.”

Though Muthana has played victim in the media, she was one of the most militant ISIS recruiters on social media. She urged American Muslims to kill citizens in drive-by shootings and vehicular attacks, and called to assassinate then-President Barack Obama, Buzzfeed reports.

One of her tweets read: “Americans wake up! Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them.”

Muthana’s lawyer Christina Jump told BuzzFeed that they will likely appeal the ruling.


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