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American or ISIS Bride…
Or Both?

A father heads to a U.S. court today to fight for his daughter’s return to America after she ran away to join ISIS in Syria.

The U.S. says she’s not a citizen.
Her family says she is.

What this legal debate teaches us about U.S. citizenship.

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What To Know:
U.S. Citizens

  • Babies born to non-citizens in the U.S. are automatically citizens EXCEPT babies born to diplomats.
  • Citizenship is required for a U.S. passport.
  • U.S. citizenship (regardless of when you receive it, at birth or later) may be revoked by the U.S. gov’t under certain circumstances.
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HODA MUTHANA

  • Born in New Jersey; her father served as a Yemeni UN diplomat.
  • In 2014, she fled Alabama to marry an ISIS fighter in Syria.
  • She admits to calling for the murder of American citizens online. Posted a photo allegedly burning her U.S. passport.
  • Now lives in a Syrian refugee camp w/ her toddler son & wants to return to U.S.
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Citizenship Case

  • U.S. says: she is NOT a citizen b/c her father was a diplomat at the time of her birth.
  • Muthana’s family says: she was born a citizen and obtained a U.S. passport in 2004. Family admits in 2016, a gov’t letter informed them Muthana’s citizenship was revoked over inaccuracies re: father’s diplomatic position dates.
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What The Law Says:

  • You can lose your citizenship if you partake in certain acts, with the intention of rejecting your citizenship status.
  • These acts include being convicting of treason, and either obtaining citizenship in, serving in the armed forces of, or, declaring allegiance to a “foreign state.”
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Lingering Legal Issues

  • ISIS is not considered a “foreign state” under U.S. law.
  • Muthana hasn’t been charged with any crime.
  • Citizen can formally renounce their U.S. citizenship: Did Muthana officially do that?
  • Besides citizenship debate, does the U.S. gov’t have other legal grounds to reject her reentry to America?
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Across the pond, a similar case has emerged in United Kingdom concerning a 15-year-old British citizen who fled to join ISIS in Syria in 2015. The UK intends to revoke her citizenship citing a law that allows it do so when it is “conducive to the public good."

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Your Favorite Reads

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We asked and you answered! In honor of "National Read Across America" day - Here are some favorite books from SmartHER Readers!

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On This Day

 

 

“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison — beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world”

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“…Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sights which every American should see.”

Pres. Theodore Roosevelt, 1903, 5 years before he made the Grand Canyon a national monument.
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Name To Know

  • First explorer of the Grand Canyon a Civil War veteran: Union Major John Wesley.
  • Powell lost his right arm in battle. Yet, he ventured into complete unknown & uncharted territory exploring the West.
  • While 10 people set off on the initial exploration trip in 1869, only 6 came back. Powell survived & returned for a second expedition
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History of Preservation

  • Pres. Theodore Roosevelt made the Grand Canyon a national monument; Presidential proclamation protects federal land as a “national monument.”
  • Pres. Woodrow Wilson declared the Grand Canyon America’s 15th National Park in 1919 – 3 yrs after creation the National Park Service. New park often approved through Congress.
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Despite the park turning 100, it still sets attendance records. Last year was the 5th straight year of record people visiting the park w/more than 6 million people.

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“What we look for is what we see.”

Author of the newly-released book "Mom Hacks" Dr. Darria Long Gillespie takes SmartHER News questions about health with a few hilarious moments in between!
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Listen or watch to Dr. Darria Long Gillespie speak about her new book with SmartHER News founder Jenna Lee

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Why Has SmartHER News Not Covered One of the Biggest Stories in America?

 

 

The case of Jussie Smollett

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Chicago Police announce ‘Empire’ actor Smollett was arrested on a felony charge of disorderly conduct, for allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a violent hate crime assault in January.

If convicted, he faces 1 to 3 years and a fine.

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Why We Didn’t Cover:

  • When the story broke, it had an absence of a reliable reporting (lack of sources/lack of evidence).
  • Our goal isn’t to cover every story, but the most important/interesting news, so long as we can explain “why it matters?” If we can’t answer that, we don’t cover it.
  • Americans are innocent until proven guilty; arrest is a notable development. More to come.
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