WASHINGTON (AP) – The lawyer for an Alabama woman denied return to the U.S. after joining the Islamic State group in Syria says he has evidence she’s an American citizen.
The lawyer’s statement comes after President Donald Trump blocked from coming to the U.S.
Trump tweeted: “I have instructed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and he fully agrees, not to allow Hoda Muthana back into the Country!”
U.S. officials contend that Hoda Muthana isn’t a citizen and has no legal basis to travel to the U.S.
Trump says he decided to deny her return and that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo agrees with that decision.
Pompeo says Muthana isn’t a citizen and doesn’t have a valid passport.
Her lawyer, Hassan Shibly, released a copy of her birth certificate and a letter from a U.S. official indicating her father was no longer a diplomat when she was born in 1994.
Shibly says Muthana had a valid U.S. passport before she joined the militant group in 2014.
Muthana is now in a refugee camp in Syria along with others who fled the Islamic State, and says she made a mistake in joining the group.
Pompeo said she has no “legal basis” to claim American citizenship. But her lawyer says the administration’s position is based on a “complicated” interpretation of immigration law.