An Alabama woman who joined ISIS in 2014 will not be permitted back in the United States.
According to FOX 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Wednesday that 24-year-old Hoda Muthana 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 wrote in a handwritten letter that she learned from her mistakes after abandoning her family and friends to join the terrorist group in Syria. She added that she desired to return to the states with her 18-month-old son. She is presently living in a refugee camp after she fled from ISIS a few weeks ago.
“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,”
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Her family’s attorney, Hassan Shibly, says his client’s case is “complicated” because Muthana claimed that her father was a diplomat when she was born.
“They’re claiming her dad was a diplomat when she was born, which, in fact, he wasn’t,”
The young woman used social media to spread ISIS propaganda to distribute the message of violence against the United States. But noted in her letter that she experienced a change of heart after living in Syria and having a child with one of the two men she was married to.
“During my years in Syria I would see and experience a way of life and the terrible effects of war which changed me,”
Her father states he would allow his daughter to come back home, but Muthana and her mother are currently on non-speaking terms.