Friday, February 22, 2019

Family files lawsuit against Trump administration seeking to return "ISIS bride" to US

The Arizona Republic reports that the father of an American woman who traveled from her home in Alabama to marry an Islamic State fighter filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration in an effort to get her and his 18-month-old grandson returned to the United States. Lawyers acting for Ahmed Ali Muthana, a former diplomat at the United Nations for Yemen who is a naturalized U.S. citizen and lives in Alabama, claim that remarks by President Trump and senior White House officials claiming that Hoda Muthana is no longer a U.S. citizen – thus barring her and her son from re-entering the USA – are unconstitutional.  Earlier this week, the President said that he had instructed the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to deny Muthana re-entry. Pompeo said she was not a U.S. citizen and has no "legal basis" to be brought back to U.S. from the refugee camp in Syria where she is being held with her young son.

Here is the complaint.


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This case will not make it past summary judgment. In 2016, the Obama State Department revoked her passport and notified her of an opportunity to appeal. No appeal was filed. A certificate of identity is a travel document for individuals in her position. No CI travel document was sought. There are other adequate remedies which she did not pursue. This is a desperate attempt by a father to protect his child and grandchild. Can't blame the father and all avenues lead through Pompeo's State Department.

Posted by: Maurice Hew | Feb 26, 2019 12:30:21 PM

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