Alabama woman who joined ISIS won't be allowed back in US

Hassan Shibly attorney for Hoda Muthana the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria speaks during a news conference Wednesday Feb. 20 2019 in Tampa Fla

Hassan Shibly attorney for Hoda Muthana the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria speaks during a news conference Wednesday Feb. 20 2019 in Tampa Fla

Hassan Shibly, attorney for Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State group in Syria, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Tampa, Fla.

Mr Trump's refusal to admit 24-year-old Hoda Muthana comes just as he is pressing Europeans to repatriate their own ISIS fighters and will likely face legal challenges, with United States citizenship generally extremely hard to lose.

Melvin noted that the woman was born in New Jersey, and Pompeo replied, "She may have born here, she is not a US citizen, nor is she entitled to USA citizenship".

"People are saying she betrayed this country, she shouldn't be able to come back home", Hassan Shibly said.

The State Department said Muthana has never been a USA citizen.

She reportedly fled the group just a few weeks ago as the Islamic State approached total defeat in Iraq and Syria.

Shibly said, "She wants to face our legal system".

Her lawyer says the administration's position is based on a "complicated" interpretation of immigration law.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the United States would not readmit an American-born woman who travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State and now wants to come home.

President Donald Trump said he ordered Pompeo to not let the woman, Hoda Muthana, return to the USA, even though her lawyer says she is willing to face US prosecution for willingly going to Syria and using social media to praise the killings of Westerners.

He said on Wednesday in a statement that she "will not be admitted to the United States".

Her lawyers say she could be useful to the government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation because she is familiar with the terror group.

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Palladino would not speak to the specific case, but said that in cases involving "American citizens or potential American citizens or alleged American citizens", U.S. policy "would be to repatriate them, and it's what we call on all countries to do who have (foreign terrorist) fighters in Syria too".

When he was killed, she married a second, who is the father of her son.

Muthana was seen in photos while under ISIS claiming to show her USA passport.

Muthana was born in 1994 in Hackensack, New Jersey, the lawyer said.

However, Shibly is arguing that since the elder Muthana was no longer at diplomat at the time of Hoda's birth (and therefore within the jurisdiction of the U.S.), the ISIS bride was automatically a citizen protected under the 14th Amendment.

Hoda Muthana, 24, told ABC News from her refugee camp in northern Syria that she was brainwashed by ISIS and wishes to return to the US.

"She became, not only a terrorist, she became an enemy of our country and if she did believe in the citizenship oath...she abandoned it and actually violated it and became an enemy combatant", he told "America's Newsroom".

He also tore into Shibly for representing Muthana, claiming lending time to assist her detracts from other people who are suffering as a result of ISIS and the Syrian conflict.

Muthana says she was brainwashed.

The bloodshed was more severe in person, she said, than she could have ever imagined and becoming a mother made her more sensitive to it.

"I don't know if there are many Americans right now who hate ISIS as much as Hoda does", Shibly said. Americans break the law.

In fact she was smuggled into Syria, where she met up with the Islamic State and began urging attacks in the West.

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