Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Wednesday that an Alabama woman who joined ISIS but now wants to return home will not be allowed into the United States, reported FOX.
The woman, Hoda Muthana, wants to return with her 18-month-old son, who she had with her ISIS husband. She will not be admitted because she is not a U.S. citizen.
“Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States,” Pompeo said in a statement. “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. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria.”
Muthana, 24, has pleaded with officials to let her back into the U.S. She escaped from ISIS and was captured by Kurdish forced.
She was born in 1994 in Hackensack, New Jersey. It's possible that the U.S. is saying she's not a citizen because her father was a diplomat.
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, children born in the United States to accredited foreign diplomatic officers do not acquire citizenship under the 14th Amendment since they are not born subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. at the time.
Muthana is currently being held in a refugee camp in northeast Syria. She told The Guardian in an interview that her last four years with the terrorist group have been a traumatizing experience where “we starved and we literally ate grass."
“I would tell them please forgive me for being so ignorant, and I was really young and ignorant and I was 19 when I decided to leave,” she told the newspaper when asked if she had a message for American officials.
In her interview with The Guardian, Muthana said she was “brainwashed” and made a “big mistake.”
“I thought I was doing things correctly for the sake of God,” she said, adding that she was “brainwashed once and my friends are still brainwashed.”
Muthana was married to three jihadists. One from Australia, one from Tunisia, and one from Syria. The first two of which have been killed in battle.
Muthana now has an 18-month-old son from one of her ISIS marriages. She blamed her parents for her defection to ISIS, saying they were too strict on her.
“You want to go out with your friends and I didn’t get any of that,” she said. “I turned to my religion and went in too hard. I was self-taught and thought whatever I read, it was right."