A lawyer for Hoda Muthana — the American-born “ISIS bride” pleading to be let back into the US — claimed Thursday that there are “very few” people in the US who “resent ISIS as much as she does” as he argued that President Trump is essentially giving Muthana “a free pass” by barring her return.
Muthana, 24, who claims to be a US citizen even though she fled her home in Alabama in 2014 to join the terror group, “is not just asking to stroll on home with a free pass as if nothing wrong happened,” Muthana family lawyer Hassan Shibly said during an interview on CNN.
“What she’s actually asking is to be held accountable to our legal system to have the due process that any American citizen is entitled to,” Shibly said as he doubled down that Muthana “is an American citizen” despite the fact that the Trump administration says she is not.
Even though Muthana fled to Syria to join the terrorist organization, wed three ISIS militants — one of whom she had her child with — and previously urged Twitter followers to commit massacres at parades back home, Shibly insisted, “I don’t think anybody in America — there’s very few people in America who resent ISIS as much as she does.”
The attorney added, “She does recognize that she was completely brainwashed by them.”
“She destroyed her life, her future, the future of her child and not only does she want to speak out against [ISIS] and let the world know how evil they are and how great America is, but she also wants to speak out to ensure she can help protect other people from falling victim to manipulation and brainwashing,” Shibly said.
The attorney added: “What’s very ironic about this, is that Hoda’s asking to be held accountable to our legal system and pay the debt she has to society, while Trump is essentially giving her a free pass.”
The commander-in-chief “is actually almost letting her go, saying that the United States doesn’t have jurisdiction over her,” said Shibly. “In doing that, not only is he giving her a free pass, but he’s essentially undermining birthright citizenship — something that he’s been trying to do for quite some time now.”
The Trump administration dropped a bombshell Wednesday when it declared that Muthana, who remains holed up with her 18-month-old son in a refugee camp in northeastern Syria, “is not a US citizen and will not be admitted into the United States.”
In an interview this week with ABC News, Muthana suggested that therapy would be a reasonable form of punishment for joining the terror group.
But Shibly said Thursday that “Hoda has made many, many remarks that she understands she may face decades behind bars and she’s willing to pay that price.”
When questioned about how Muthana suggested therapy, Shibly said: “That was her first national media interview. She was really scared. She was nervous.”
Shibly, who called Muthana “very genuine,” said they’ve “had many conversations that she’s willing to spend decades behind bars if that’s the debt she owes to society.”
“She’s asking for a chance to be processed through our legal system,” Shibly said. “We have one of the greatest legal systems in the world and we shouldn’t try to circumvent it like the Trump administration repeatedly tries to do.”
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