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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says American ISIS bride will not be allowed to return to the US


He says Hoda Muthana 'does not have any legal basis' to travel to America

Image source: ABC News video screenshot

This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. ET.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement Wednesday saying American-born ISIS bride Hoda Muthana is not an American citizen, and therefore will not be allowed back into the country from a Syrian refugee camp.

But Muthana's attorney has argued Pompeo is wrong, and accused the Trump administration of misinterpreting citizenship laws.

What are the details?

In an official statement, Pompeo wrote, "Ms. Hoda Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and will not be admitted into the United States. She does not have any legal basis, no valid U.S. passport, nor any visa to travel to the United States. We continue to strongly advise all U.S. citizens not to travel to Syria."

Muthana family attorney Hassan Shibly responded in a statement to ABC News, "The Trump administration continues its attempts to wrongfully strip citizens of their citizenship. Hoda Muthana had a valid U.S. passport and is a citizen. She was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, in Oct. 1994, months after her father stopped being [a] diplomat."

The timeline of when Muthana's father stopped being a diplomat is significant, because children born to foreign diplomats on U.S. soil are not automatically granted citizenship because they are not under the "jurisdiction" of the United States, according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

However, Shibly is arguing that since the elder Muthana was no longer at diplomat at the time of Hoda's birth (and therefore within the jurisdiction of the U.S.), the ISIS bride was automatically a citizen protected under the 14th Amendment.

Shibly explained that after Hoda Muthana's birth, the family moved to New York, then Washington, D.C., and settled in Alabama when she was in seventh grade. Muthana's parents were Yemeni immigrants.

Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Hoda Muthana was born in Alabama. She was actually born in New Jersey.

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