"Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday an Alabama-born woman who joined ISIS but now wants to return home with the 18-month-son she had with her ISIS husband will not be admitted back into the United States, saying she is not a USA citizen anymore", reports Fox News.
Pompeo says Hoda Muthana does not have a USA passport or any legal basis to enter the country.
Pompeo's statement did not explain why the State Department did not consider Muthana a US citizen.
"Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States", Pompeo said in a statement.
In the case of the first, he says that her father provided a letter from the United Nations proving that he had been discharged, to overcome the jurisdictional challenge. Her baby also has potential claims on British citizenship.
A lawyer for the woman's family, Hassan Shibly, said the administration's position is based on a "complicated" interpretation of the law involving her father.
According to Kevin Corke of Fox News, Muthana is the daughter of Yemeni immigrants and attended high school and college in America but is not an American citizen.
Hoda Muthana, 24, wanted to join Daesh, also known as ISIS, in 2014.
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State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that the status of USA citizens detained in Syria "is by definition extremely complicated" but added: 'We're looking into these cases to better understand the details'.
Asked what she would expect as a reasonable form of punishment for joining the terror group and calling for bloodshed in the United States on social media, she answered: 'Maybe therapy lessons, maybe a process that will ensure us that we'll never do this again.
Muthana's dad Mohammed told Buzzfeed in 2015 that he and his wife moved from Yemen to the USA in 1992 and all of his five children were born here. Her lawyer says that this act, if it did take place, isn't sufficient grounds for Muthana to have to forfeit her citizenship.
'I'm a normal human being who has been manipulated, ' Hoda, who was 20 when she fled, said.
Mr Pompeo did not elaborate on the legal rationale for not considering the Alabama native, who travelled to Syria on her United States passport, a USA citizen or suggest where she might go instead. She's now the only American woman among 1,500 women and children at al-Hawl, a refugee camp in northern Syria. Muthana realized she was wrong and now wants to return to the United States, Shibly, a lawyer for her family said Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.
'It sounds very insane, ' she said, adding they were all 'just young girls, married for the first time'.
US President Donald Trump said on Twitter that he had "instructed" Pompeo to prevent Muthana's return. Passports are only issued to citizens by birth or naturalization, according to Seamus Hughes, the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University, who has studied the phenomenon of foreign Islamic State fighters and families.
"During my years in Syria, I would see and experience a way of life and the awful effects of war, which changed me", she wrote.
"To say that I regret my past words, any pain that I caused my family and any concerns I would cause my country would be hard for me to really express properly".
Muthana says she applied for and received a United States passport before leaving for Turkey. "Now I'm changed. Now I'm a mother and I have none of the ideology and hopefully everyone will see it when I come back", she told ABC.