Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Plot Twist in 'ISIS Bride' Repatriation Case

"Alabama woman" according to CNN, but by way of Yemen

Well, well, well, it looks like the latest ISIS bride will not be coming back to sweet home Alabama, despite her claims to now regret the social media work she did for the caliphate. It appears that she is not a U.S. citizen, and is therefore someone else's problem.

'ISIS bride' Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen: Sec. Pompeo
In her first television interview, the 24-year-old Alabama woman who spent four years as an "ISIS bride" told ABC News she felt shame hearing the tweets she posted when she was part of ISIS and wants to return to the U.S. with her 18-month-old son, who was born under the terror group.

But in a statement, Pompeo said she "is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States."

Muthana was born to a Yemeni diplomat in New Jersey and moved to New York and then Washington, D.C., before finally settling with her family in Alabama as a seventh grader, she said.

While children born in America are granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment, children of foreign diplomats are not because they are not under the "jurisdiction of" the U.S., according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Still, children of diplomats can apply for residency and then eventually citizenship, per USCIS.

Here's the official announcement. Apparently somebody is working at State despite the snow day.


Anonymous said...

Great post TSB! I had no idea what this story was about til reading this. CNN sure doesn't do much fact checking do they? It will be interesting to see what "Daddy" has to say. So is he still living in Alabama? gwb

TSB said...

He still lives in Alabama, along with her mother, brothers, and sister. According to a 2015 interview with the father, the women in the family are not allowed to have Facebook accounts, and the mother doesn't speak English or drive. CAIR is involved, and they are taking the line that Trump wants to use this diplomatic exception to birthright citizenship as an opening wedge to challenge citizenship for anchor babies of illegal aliens. Quite a stretch.

When I hear the media calling her an "Alabama woman" I get a mental image of a girl in a Confederate flag bikini top and short-shorts, but that's far from the case this time.