Federal Judge Rules New Jersey-born, ISIS-bride Hoda Muthana Is Not A US Citizen
A federal judge on Thursday ruled that Hoda Muthana, a 25-year-old woman born in New Jersey who joined ISIS in 2014, is not a US citizen.
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Businessinsider repoted: Judge Reggie B. Walton of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit brought forward by Muthana's family in the hopes of retrieving her and her 2-year-old son from a refugee camp in Syria.
The lawsuit, filed in February, sought to have Muthana recognized as a US citizen so that she and her son could be returned to the US. Muthana was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, and was living with her family in Birmingham, Alabama, before she made the decision to head to Syria in 2014 to join the Islamic State.
The Department of Justice said in March that Muthana "is not and has never been a US citizen." The department said in its filing that Muthana's father was a former Yemeni diplomat at the time of her birth, and was therefore under the diplomatic protection of his home country. For this reason, it said, Muthana did not obtain US citizenship by birth.
Muthana's lawyer disputed that assertion and showed Insider a letter from the United Nations that he said shows that Muthana's father's diplomatic status ended a month before Muthana's birth. Muthana's lawyers have said that he was under the impression that Muthana was considered to be a citizen by the US government because she was issued a passport, according to The New York Times.
Oh well good bye.