If someone leaves the U.S. to join a terrorist organization, what would you call them? A traitor, right? That label would lead one to believe that person would be guilty of treason. So why would that person believe that they have the right to return to the U.S. simply because they were sorry? Make stupid decisions, live with the consequences of those stupid decisions.
U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled Thursday that Hoda Muthana, who Fox News reported as “an American-born woman who traveled to Syria to join the Islamic State (ISIS), is not a U.S. citizen.
The ruling comes after Muthana’s family filed a lawsuit to allow the 25-year-old to return to her family in Alabama. Muthana has supposedly denounced ISIS and presently lives in a Syrian refugee camp with her 2-year-old son.
“The citizenship status of minor John Doe depends upon the status of Ms. Muthana; accordingly, regardless of the choices made by his mother, the health and survival of a young U.S. citizen depends upon the expeditious resolution of Ms. Muthana’s civil case,” the lawsuit claimed.
Sorry, folks. But this woman denounced the U.S. first by leaving to join a terrorist organization who hates the ways of the West.
According to Fox News:
In 2014, Muthana withdrew from college and left her home in Alabama to travel to Syria after being radicalized by ISIS online. She promoted the group's ideology on social media and called on Muslims to commit attacks in America, such as drive-by shootings and attempts to assassinate former President Barack Obama.
While in Syria, she had a child with an ISIS fighter who was later killed.
She has since apologized for her actions and said she wishes to return to the U.S. In February, Muthana said she wanted to come home even if it meant facing charges. Her passport was canceled in 2016 under the Obama administration.
Sure people make mistakes, but that’s a pretty big mistake. Even if Muthana is completely “reformed,” how could the U.S. ever truly trust her to not betray the country she already betrayed previously?
“I was really young and ignorant," Muthana told the Guardian. "I believe that America gives second chances. I want to return, and I’ll never come back to the Middle East. America can take my passport and I wouldn’t mind.”
Muthana is lucky the U.S. doesn’t bring her back and try her for treason. Joining a terrorist organization, no matter how misguided the person is, is firm decision where there’s no coming back from. America does believe in second chances, but not for people who join organizations that want to end America.
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Sorry, you lose.