Muthana has rights

 

 

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ILLUSTRATION BY SAVANNAH DONALD/STAFF ILLUSTRATOR
DATA FROM A KALEIDOSCOPE TWITTER POLL, FROM 46 PARTCIPANTS

 

Caleb Wood
Opinion Columnist
calwood@uab.edu

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From the beginning of this nation, with the publishing of The Declaration of Independence, the idea that people have “certain unalienable rights” has been at the forefront of political thought. Abandoning this notion is abandoning the most basic American ideals, yet that is exactly what is happening in the case of Hoda Muthana. 

 From the beginning of this nation, with the publishing of The Declaration of Independence, the idea that people have “certain unalienable rights” has been at the forefront of political thought. Abandoning this notion is abandoning the most basic American ideals, yet that is exactly what is happening in the case of Hoda Muthana.  Muthana, then a UAB sophomore and Hoover resident, defected to ISIS in the fall of 2014. While living under the Islamic State, she married three times and had a child with her second husband. She was also active on Twitter, recruiting for the terrorist group and explicitly calling for the murder of those in the United States. She and her child have since escaped ISIS control and now sit in a Syrian refugee camp, wanting to return to the United States.  

The Trump administration, though, has refused to allow her in under vague terms. Hoda Muthana has the right to come back to America. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that anyone born in the United States is entitled to natural-born citizenship. Muthana was born in New Jersey. The Trump administration has weirdly singled out Muthana to punish. The New Yorker has reported that over 100 American ISIS fighters have returned to the United States. When they do return, they are put into the criminal justice system and must face trial for the crimes they committed against the United States.  

Why can’t we do this with Muthana? Let her return home, immediately put her on trial, and get her eighteen-month-old, who is also an American citizen, out of that refugee camp. No one is saying she deserves forgiveness. What she deserves are the rights given to her in the Constitution.  The right to citizenship and fair trial are basic human rights. Everyone, no matter what they have done, deserves them. If the government can deny Muthana those rights, who’s to say that this will be the only time that they will do it. What is there to stop them from stripping those same rights from any other American?

This is a precedent we cannot allow to be set. This is by no means the easy decision to make. A recent Twitter poll by the Kaleidoscope found that 71 percent of respondents didn’t want to see her in the United States. It makes sense. Muthana actively supported a terrorist organization bent on destroying this country. Our nation, though, is strongest when it ensures that even the worst among us are given our basic rights.

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