The case of the ISIS bride
America’s “ISIS bride” should be allowed to return home to face justice, said Steve Chapman. In 2014, Alabama resident Hoda Muthana traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State, where she married an ISIS fighter. She now lives in a Syrian refugee camp with her young son “after escaping from the terrorists she once embraced.” Muthana, 24, says she was “ignorant” and “brainwashed.” Now she “wants to return to the U.S. to face justice, however stern.” In fact, her lawyer says, she knows she could be sentenced to prison for many years. The Trump administration, however, won’t permit Muthana to return, arguing she’s not a citizen because her father was a Yemeni diplomat, and diplomats’ children do not become citizens when born on U.S. soil. But he left his post and became a permanent resident two months before Muthana was born in New Jersey, and the State Department twice granted her a U.S. passport. Back in 2001, the American Taliban fighter John Walker Lindh was allowed to return to face criminal charges and was sentenced to 20 years. If Muthana is willing to submit her fate to our criminal justice system, why isn’t the White House?