A woman named Hoda Muthana who formerly lived in Alabama, and who joined ISIS, now wants to return home with the 18-month-old son she had with her ISIS husband. She will not be admitted back into the United States.
We have discussed this case a bit, and lovely provided some background this morning. It seems that there is confusion over the reason why she is not a citizen of the United States. Mike Pompeo says no, and this is why.
All together now: gee, that’s too damn bad. Although apologists for Muthana, such as NPR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the New York Times refer to her as if she were a real American, in fact — as the child of a diplomat who just so happened to have been born here — she’s not.
Mr. Pompeo issued a statement declaring that she “is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.” Mr. Pompeo said Ms. Muthana did not have “any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, no right to a passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States.”
Mr. Pompeo’s statement did not offer a rationale for why the State Department does not consider Ms. Muthana a citizen. But American officials seem to be hinging their argument against allowing her back in on an exception in the law. Ms. Muthana’s father was a Yemeni diplomat, and children born in the United States to active diplomats are not bestowed birthright citizenship, since diplomats are under the jurisdiction of their home countries.
The entire article, by Michael Walsh, is well worth a read. The concluding paragraph:
Saying no to these two women may seem cruel (although not as cruel as ISIS fighters sawing off heads and burning captives alive). But there are times when it’s even crueler to be kind, and this is one of them. Until Islam learns it is not entitled to its stealth takeover of the West through a combination of terror and lawfare — and that it’s not “jingoistic” for us to fight back by any means necessary (to use one of the Left’s favorite phrases) — we’re going to have cases like these. The time to draw the line is now.
This woman was of legal age when she decided to sneak into Syria and join Isis. She was married to THREE different Jihadi men (the first two were killed), so it seems that she was pretty confirmed in her choice to join the bad guys. Now, four years later, because her guys lost and she is with the Kurds in a refugee camp, she wants to return to the good old USA, where it is safe and warm. She says she’s sorry? I’m not convinced.
Only four years ago, she wrote this:
“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.”
The citizenship clause (section 1) of the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
The exception to the 14th amendment’s citizenship clause is this: Children born to foreign diplomats are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States and are therefore not to be granted U.S. citizenship.