BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - A lawsuit was filed Thursday against U.S. leaders asking them to make good faith efforts to return a Hoover, Alabama, woman who left home to join the Islamic State in Syria and her 18-month-old son back to the United States.
The suit was filed Thursday by the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America on behalf of the father of 24-year-old Hoda Muthana. The suit was filed against President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr,
“If you ask the American public, banishment for going over to ISIS would seem to be an appropriate punishment. You know you can’t come back. The constitution, however, forbids that as a punishment and the Supreme Court has spoken very clearly that this is an appropriate level to strip citizenship. So the administration has reasons to try and stop it. I would say, though, that the legal case that the administration has is not a very strong one,” said Charles Swift, Hoda Muthana’s attorney.
Muthana’s father, Ahmed Ali Muthana, is asking the United States government to allow Hoda and her son into the country and that he be allowed to legally send money to them to enable their safe passage back home.
Pompeo said Wednesday that Muthana does not have a U.S. Passport or any legal basis to enter the country. Many politicians, including Alabama Rep. Gary Palmer, agree.
“Those who betray the country and fight for ISIS have to suffer the consequences for their actions. Secretary Pompeo has expressed that she has no legal basis to return to the U.S. and I agree with him. She forfeited the privileges of citizenship when she provided aid to radical extremists seeking to kill Americans," said Palmer (R - Alabama), in a statement to WBRC.
President Trump also tweeted Wednesday about instructing Pompeo not to allow her back into the country.
Muthana joined the Islamic State after becoming radicalized in November 2014. She said recently she regrets aligning herself with the terrorist organization and wants to return to the United States with her son.