Should former U.S. residents be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group?

Over the past few years, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has lost nearly all of the territory in the Middle East that it once conquered. ISIS relied heavily on recruiting radicals from western countries to join their ranks. Now, some of these members of ISIS are seeking to return to their former homeland, believing it to be better to face charges there than to live in the war-torn areas of Syria and Iraq. Hoda Muthana, born in Alabama, left the U.S. to marry an ISIS fighter, but now wishes to return to America. She claims that as a U.S. citizen, she ought to be allowed to re-enter and face due process in a court of law for her actions.

Those who support allowing Muthana back in the country argue that the U.S. government cannot prevent a citizen from entering America. They also say that preventing her from returning would mean she could never be charged with crimes and justice couldn’t be carried out.

Those who oppose allowing Muthana entering the United States question whether she possesses the same rights as loyal U.S. citizens. They also argue that allowing former insurgents like Muthana to return to the U.S. would pose a serious security threat, as they could spread radicalism and recruit terrorists from within prison. What do you think? Should former U.S. residents be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group?

Current Standings:
Yes: 23%
No: 77%
  • Jim from New Hampshire

    I don’t believe that they should be allowed back in the US, but they need due process first. They should go to trial and if found guilty lose their citizenship.

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  • Benjamin from Pennsylvania

    I see no reason other than the reason of national security to restrict their entrance back into the United States. We have a rich history of having a diverse culture with many conflicting ideologies and religions, so it would be inconsistent with our values to restrict the entry of someone who is or was a citizen of the United States on those grounds. Furthermore, it was not even constitutional for the Federal government to restrict immigration given that the constitution did not give it that power. The first law restricting immigration into the United States was not even passed until the late 1800’s. One might claim that we need to prevent them from coming here because of national security, but was it not Benjamin Franklin who said, “He who sacrifices freedom for security is neither free, nor secure.”? The United States is a country built on the foundation of limited government, so we must respect liberty even when security may be at risk.

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    I see no reason other than the reason of national security to restrict their entrance back into the United States. We have a rich history of having a …

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    • Grace from California

      While I understand your point, I would like to point out that this is a “should” topic, not a “can” topic. While, yes, it would be possible for them to enter the US again, I believe it to be ethically and morally incorrect. When you betray the United States and join a group to, in a sense, destroy your old home, you should, under no circumstances, be welcomed back with open arms

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      While I understand your point, I would like to point out that this is a “should” topic, not a “can” topic. While, yes, it would be possible for them t…

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  • Miya from Colorado

    I say yes because it depends on what happened but she was abused over there and has a baby and wants to come back to live a good life and stay safe i believe everyone should have second chances

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    I say yes because it depends on what happened but she was abused over there and has a baby and wants to come back to live a good life and stay safe i …

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    • Robert from Texas

      No they should not. We live in a nation ruled by law and not feelings. So, my entry I tender is from the United States of America’s Constitution. It’s treasonous. Subversive behavior. Article 3 of the U.S. Construction states as follows “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.” And the punishment for treason as follows, “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and . . .”

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      No they should not. We live in a nation ruled by law and not feelings. So, my entry I tender is from the United States of America’s Constitution. It’s…

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  • Aaron from California

    Former United States residents should be allowed to re-enter the country, provided that they are US citizens, because such action would infringe upon their constitutional rights.

    Prohibiting a US citizen from re-entering their home country would, in effect, nullify a person’s citizenship without the person’s consent. However, as per the holding in Afroyim v. Rusk (1967), the government cannot revoke someone’s citizenship — only a citizen can. Furthermore, under Trop v. Dulles (1958), a punishment of denationalization violates the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Revoking citizenship would violate the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process guarantees (afforded to both citizens and aliens alike), the Fourteenth Amendment’s birthright citizenship clause, and the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Thus, blocking the re-entry of a US citizen would violate the Constitution. Instead, allowing the re-entry of a US resident would ensure justice and due process, and allow for a proper indictment and trial of such resident. For instance, Article III of the Constitution enumerates the crime of treason, which could arguably be applied in this situation. On another note, the First Amendment would permit the re-entry of a US resident in the above situation. It is a recognized judicial precedent that, in general, the government cannot censor speech based on its content (See R.A.V v. St. Paul, 1992, and NSPA v. Skokie, 1977). That a US citizen espouses radical ideologies does not generally allow the government to punish their speech.

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    • Grant from Colorado

      Hoda lost her constitutional rights and her United States citizenship when she joined ISIS and helped the enemy. She is no longer a citizen.

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  • Anh from Missouri

    I would say US citizens like Muthana should be able to re-enter the United States. From a civic point of view, as a former insurgent, she appears to be a United States citizen regardless and should have the rights to due process like any other citizen. In a more complicated level. From an ethic point of view, Muthana expressed disloyalty to the land, and could potentially pose a threat to the American society. However, she was brainwashed by an extreme group and admitted that she was young and ignorant. And it was also the Western ambition to spread its culture globally and dominate the Middle East that stirred up the extremity caused by ISIS jihadists. It is not to say she would get the free pass, but at least, recognize her as a US citizen, give her to have a chance to face her consequences through the legal system like a US citizen, and reevaluate the global role that America is currently playing.

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    I would say US citizens like Muthana should be able to re-enter the United States. From a civic point of view, as a former insurgent, she appears to b…

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  • Hunter from Texas

    As I was reading the above paragraphs and reading about this I noticed something that is very important. The paragraphs above say that if the radicals do not come back to the U.S. they may never face criminal charges. This is very important because if these people do not face justice then what is the meaning of all those who died by their hand. These people must be allowed back into the U.S. to be contained and face trial for their crimes. We cannot forget the sacrifices made for our country and many others. We must bring justice to their families and peace to the world.

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    As I was reading the above paragraphs and reading about this I noticed something that is very important. The paragraphs above say that if the radicals…

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    • Zhou from New York

      good

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  • Jedrick from Utah

    These people want to return to face the charges and crimes they know they did. If they have a citizenship they can’t be denied entry, if your born in the U.S. you have the right to citizenship.

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    These people want to return to face the charges and crimes they know they did. If they have a citizenship they can’t be denied entry, if your born in …

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  • Zoe from Kentucky

    I think former U.S. residents should be allowed to enter the U.S. even after they joined a terrorist group because even if they did commit terrible deeds, they still have the right to due process. If they are a born U.S citizen, it would only be just to give her a fair and speedy trial just like we would any other citizen because it is guaranteed in our Constitution. Additionally, it would be better for our country to let them back in because people like this can be locked up for their crimes instead of facing no punishment or consequences.

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    I think former U.S. residents should be allowed to enter the U.S. even after they joined a terrorist group because even if they did commit terrible de…

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  • Huzayfa from Illinois

    I’d say yes on this because we are all humans. The reality is that no one is perfect and therefore, everyone deserves a second chance. The person can be let back into the U.S. if they are completely done with whatever group they had joined. If they have realized their mistakes and are ready to follow the correct path, then they should be let back in, but very very very thorough investigations should be conducted, and that person should be investigated on now and then. That person should also be kept watch on by the government and if that person truly came back to the U.S. because they realized their mistakes and stopped being affiliated with that group, then they should help the U.S. by telling the government officials what they saw and found out while being in that terrorist group. They should give up all intel and information to the government so that the U.S. can finish off these evil terrorist groups. In conclusion, if the person who left the U.S. to join a terrorist group wants to return to the U.S., then they should be willing to help the government with information, they should be kept watch on by the government, and they should be investigated from time to time.

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    I’d say yes on this because we are all humans. The reality is that no one is perfect and therefore, everyone deserves a second chance. The person can …

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    • Ethan from Colorado

      I agree that everyone deserves a second chance, however people who choose to leave to fight against their own country should not be allowed to come back, as it could be dangerous to do so. If they disagreed with the way the country is handling something, they should vote on it like everybody else, and be thankful for the opportunities available in this country rather than try to invoke fear into others in order to express their hatred.

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      I agree that everyone deserves a second chance, however people who choose to leave to fight against their own country should not be allowed to come ba…

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  • Alexus from Louisiana

    These people were born on American soil. Therefore, they are U.S. citizens, and denying them entry, as Trump wishes to do with Muthana, erases that citizenship. It illustrates that we do not see those people as citizens, and that they do not deserve the same rights, despite being born into them. Those who leave to join terrorist groups are often misguided and have misconceptions about what actually occurs within these groups, such as ISIS, and once they discover the truth, they come back to reality, as in Muthana’s case. And often, those people are willing to take respobsibility for their actions. If they are allowed to return, as they should be, they will face the justice system as consequences for their actions. Muthana wishes to create a better life for her son, as she could not do so for herself. Denying her right to come back to the U.S. as a citizen could very well be seen as a breach of the Constitution.

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    These people were born on American soil. Therefore, they are U.S. citizens, and denying them entry, as Trump wishes to do with Muthana, erases that ci…

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  • Rachel from Nevada

    I do believe a former U.S. resident should be able to re-enter the United States because she is a citizen. She had left to marry a ISIS fighter but that doesn’t mean she renounced her citizenship. Muthana is also willing to face charges for her actions, it is not like she was trying to sneak into the U.S. Also I believe there is no such things as a “loyal” citizen, I’m quite sure most people have done something that has gone against the rules whether it was big or small. Lastly, there is the option of letting her back in and just keeping track of what she’s doing.

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    I do believe a former U.S. resident should be able to re-enter the United States because she is a citizen. She had left to marry a ISIS fighter but th…

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  • Fernando from Nevada

    A former U.S resident is still considered a citizen and if the former resident isn’t able to come back into the country not only would we be contributing to the terrorism by giving them more man power but if we were to leave the former U.S resident in that country then we would be loosing information that we can pry from the mind of the terrorist.

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    A former U.S resident is still considered a citizen and if the former resident isn’t able to come back into the country not only would we be contribut…

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  • Kira from Connecticut

    People who leave to join a terrorist group are usually mislead and misguided. They should not be shunned to stay in a country where they can be killed for then, leaving the group. The middle east has not seen a day of peace since the 1970s, and that is the fault of the US, who fabricated statements against possible terrorist leaders, that were, back then, non violent. If someone can prove they have no more ties to a terrorist group that the US created, then they should be allowed back into the country under supervision / surveillance. Yes, it is a danger to society but turning away any human being from this country is not the basis of what this country was built on. Yes, the country was built on white supremacy, but there are laws and amendments that force us to treat people with equity – and we would not be following them if we turned these people away. (In fact, we don’t follow them anyways.)

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    • Alexis from Tennessee

      I think that they shouldnt be able to get back into their home countries because they made the chose to leave and fight with ISIS to help destroy their home countries. If they are let back into their home countries they could then follow our terrorist attacks on their home countries. To keep the people in these countries safe from more ISIS attacks they should not let them back into their home country.

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      I think that they shouldnt be able to get back into their home countries because they made the chose to leave and fight with ISIS to help destroy thei…

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  • Lizeth from Texas

    As much as we would like to refuse a potential terrorist from entering, this scenario does mention the potential terrorist is a US citizen and the US cannot deny a citizen from entering. But that does not mean they enter without repercussions. The citizen has committed a crime and deserves to be punished for being in a group that could cause potential threats to the country even if they claim to have left the group. They should be tried for treason and/or be monitored at all times to protect the safety of Americans.

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  • Cori from Colorado

    Not allowing these citizens back into the US would cause them to go unpunished for their crimes against the US, which may include treason, meaning that they wouldn’t face the consequences of their crimes. Similarly, by keeping them out of the US, these brides may fall back into radical terrorist groups, since many other countries don’t want to take them in.

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    Not allowing these citizens back into the US would cause them to go unpunished for their crimes against the US, which may include treason, meaning tha…

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  • Grace from North Carolina

    I believe that former US citizen should be able to re-enter the US even if they left to join a terrorists group. I believe this because the the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 13 it says “1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each State. 2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.” This means that people can move back to their own countries when they want to so the US could not stop them anyway. But I also believe that all people deserve a second chance. No one is prefect we all make mistakes in our lives so I think that the US should give them a second chance at life here, some redemption. Many people are scared about security and what threats these people could possibly pose to us, but honestly I believe the US would find a way to ensure it’s citizens safety. But imagine being in a place reduced to nothing but rubble running for your life with no where to go and no one to help you. You’d be terrified, and you would do what ever you have to do to save yourself. If you were truly scared and wanted a second chance you would want to be trusted. For some people the US is the only place they can go to be safe, but in the US I do believe they should still face court because they did do something wrong. You can’t learn what you should and should not do unless there is a consequence for you actions whether it be good or bad.
    So to sum all of this up I do believe that should be allowed back into the US, but should also still face justice.

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    I believe that former US citizen should be able to re-enter the US even if they left to join a terrorists group. I believe this because the the Unive…

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  • Aaron from Washington

    I do believe that, until she is allowed reentry into the United States, she won’t be able to face our justice system. The Constitution states in Article 3 that “Treason is limited to the waging of war, or giving material assistance to an enemy.” This was further established in the Supreme Court case “Cramer v United States”. Under this definition, I believe it is clear that Muthana had either participated in, or supported, the violence that ISIS perpetuates against the Western world and the USA. Until she is permitted to enter the country though, she won’t be able to face proper justice for her betrayal of our country.

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    I do believe that, until she is allowed reentry into the United States, she won’t be able to face our justice system. The Constitution states in Art…

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    • Miya from Colorado

      Exactly, that is another reason she should be able to be let back in. She should have to pay for her actions and if we just let her stay over there than we cant give her the proper punishments

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      Exactly, that is another reason she should be able to be let back in. She should have to pay for her actions and if we just let her stay over there th…

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  • Jacob from Virginia

    They should be allowed back into the U.S only to be charged for their crimes.

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    • McKenna from Colorado

      To me, having all of the people coming back to the U.S., even if they are going to be charged, is still dangerous for the overall population. It would be easy for people to fall through the cracks and cause harm in our country.

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      To me, having all of the people coming back to the U.S., even if they are going to be charged, is still dangerous for the overall population. It would…

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  • Johari from Georgia

    The same people who are saying no are the same ones who crucify a person before they get indictment, and are terrorists in their own land. So yes they should be able to enter back into the country because they have not done any harm. It would be another thing if they committed an act of violence but most don’t come here for any other reason than getting away from the same people the US publicize, if they moved there based on beliefs but then later found that it was not for them they should be able to come back.

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    The same people who are saying no are the same ones who crucify a person before they get indictment, and are terrorists in their own land. So yes they…

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  • Carter from Texas

    Whether we condone these women’s intentions or not they are still American citizens. It is our duty to receive these people for the protection of the rest of the world. If we denounce these women’s citizenship and leave them with no specific country they belong to, then it will be hard to persecute them anywhere and that can provide a real threat to the world. These women are not proclaiming their innocence. They understand what they have done and have come to terms with knowing that they will be detained if they return back to the United States. By keeping them in prison and claiming them we are setting an important and powerful precedent for other countries to follow as well as keeping the people of the world safe.

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    Whether we condone these women’s intentions or not they are still American citizens. It is our duty to receive these people for the protection of th…

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  • Aaron from New Jersey

    Any citizen should be able to reenter however they do not need to be forgiven for their crimes. Those who reenter should be prosecuted. To the same extent perhaps adding more “deprogramming” or rehabilitation programs could be useful as former terrorist can aid in the continuing fight against future terrorism.

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    Any citizen should be able to reenter however they do not need to be forgiven for their crimes. Those who reenter should be prosecuted. To the same ex…

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  • Audrey from North Carolina

    Citizens who left the country to join a terrorist group should be able to reenter the country because keeping them out would only harbor more negative feelings about our country and encourage the citizen to act against the US through these terrorist groups while angry or frustrated. That being said, these people once they reenter the country they should be arrested and jailed for putting American lives at risk.

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    Citizens who left the country to join a terrorist group should be able to reenter the country because keeping them out would only harbor more negative…

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  • Haylee from Kansas

    Former residents should be allowed to re-enter the states on the condition that they go to trial for their actions, they are under surveillance when on any form of communication that would allow them to talk to other countries, and they are routinely checked on to prevent them from rejoining a terrorist group.

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    Former residents should be allowed to re-enter the states on the condition that they go to trial for their actions, they are under surveillance when o…

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  • Vincent from North Carolina

    They should be let back in. However, they need to be punished for what they had done. These people have been brainwashed into thinking that ISIS is a glorified cause but then recently founded out it is not. They should be reeducated on what we Americans believe in and perhaps they might look on their mistake and choose to repent.

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    They should be let back in. However, they need to be punished for what they had done. These people have been brainwashed into thinking that ISIS is a …

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  • Deja from California

    They should be allowed back in due to the fact that they are U.S. Citizens along with the fact that you can’t prevent a proven American Citizen access into their country. Preventing them from coming back will also mean injustice. It is also better to let them receive chargers due to their actions rather than let them live in dirty, destroyed, war-torn, empty Syria and Iraq. They are already going to be receiving charges for their action and can fight the fight in court but they can’t be denied access to their home country.

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    They should be allowed back in due to the fact that they are U.S. Citizens along with the fact that you can’t prevent a proven American Citizen access…

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  • Adrian from Arizona

    They should they are coming home and why should they have to live in a war zone when they can be safe her. Plus what if they were to to help the world to be a better place and so some kid can go to school and be safe.

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    They should they are coming home and why should they have to live in a war zone when they can be safe her. Plus what if they were to to help the world…

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  • Hugo from Nevada

    Hoda Muthana should be allowed back into the country to face due process. No one is outside of the law and if we allow her to be able to escape prison and her crimes, then the government is sending a message that if you commit a crime, you can escape punishment. Although she is a criminal, criminals born in the U.S. are still citizens therefore, she still has rights which cannot be denied to her by denying her entrance to the U.S.. She is asking to face the consequences of her actions and as a country who believes in equality, she should be regarded with the same level of treatment as anyone else convicted in the country.

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    Hoda Muthana should be allowed back into the country to face due process. No one is outside of the law and if we allow her to be able to escape prison…

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  • Marlon from Nevada

    I believe she should because I believe everyone should get the same due process regardless of how bad they are, since entering American soil will allow her to give her side in order to seek proper punishment for her involvement in ISIS.

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    I believe she should because I believe everyone should get the same due process regardless of how bad they are, since entering American soil will allo…

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  • Matthew from Indiana

    Trying someone for treason against the US would be a more impactful signal or message than refusing to let said person enter for fear of spreading radicalism.

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  • Austin from Georgia

    The United States has a process for trying people accused of treason for a reason. By not trying those who are accused of treason, we can’t preserve our rule of law, and we allow those who have betrayed their country to live unpunished. She will undoubtedly be sentenced to a long stretch in a federal prison, while sending a message to other countries and dissidents that the United States will not tolerate treason and terror. Her plea to enter the US is not some sort of attempt to carry out an act of terror or recruit from inside jails; it is a media stunt that hopes to catch the attention of the public and give radical groups more propaganda for recruitment. If the US denies letting her in, she and her terrorist group can turn that into a message about how America turns its back on its citizens and is too frightened by the specter of a single woman who pronounces herself as a terrorist. It would be a mistake to deny her entry, as the US risks giving terrorists more fodder for their recruitment ads while denying a US citizen, no matter how high their crimes, entry back into the US. Arrest her when she returns and charge her with treason; the only way out of this conundrum that she has set is to let her back in.

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    The United States has a process for trying people accused of treason for a reason. By not trying those who are accused of treason, we can’t preserve o…

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  • Caleb from Kansas

    While They were previously radicals from a terrorist group, they are returning to their home country because they realize they have thought the wrong way before. Many radicals often become radical because they feel rejected by society, by letting them back in to rejoin society we will be able to break the radical views they had before. If we were not to let them in, the only place they could possible return to is back to their terrorist group, where they will likely face death or extreme torture.

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  • Elizabeth from Georgia

    If she isn’t allowed back into the U.S. to face legal punishment then she could go right back to “commiting treason”. You can’t deny someone their basic HUMAN rights just because all you can focus on are the possibilities that she just wants to recruit more people for ISIS, she could be put in solitary if that was what the LAW decided was the best course of action. Yes she joined a terrorist group, and yes that makes her a liability and a possible threat to national security. But she is also still a U.S. citizen who never relinquished her citizenship. You can’t pick and choose what you believe out of what is common knowledge. And the fact that she committed treason should be even more of a reason to allow her re-entry to face the due process of the law.

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    If she isn’t allowed back into the U.S. to face legal punishment then she could go right back to “commiting treason”. You can’t deny someone their bas…

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  • Caleb from North Carolina

    Yes, she should return– to face charges of treason against the United States. She is still a United States citizen, remember, and is bound by our laws. It’s time for her to answer to them.

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    Yes, she should return– to face charges of treason against the United States. She is still a United States citizen, remember, and is bound by our law…

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  • Brianna from Florida

    Yes, she should be allowed back in. However, before entering she should be charged with treason and sentenced to death. If established that she is in fact a U.S. citizen then she would have the right to come home with the conditions stated above. Due to the fact that she aligned herself with enemies, Isis, of the United States of America she has committed an act of treason under the law.

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    Yes, she should be allowed back in. However, before entering she should be charged with treason and sentenced to death. If established that she is in …

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  • Samuel from Texas

    I think that she should be allowed back into the country, because she explicitly states that she wants to face the punishments that she is due. This declaration, being a recognization of the faults in her action, means she is remorseful and cognizant in regard to her treachery / terrorism. I think that this should become a precedent for accepting people who have left the country and committed crime in order to maintain peace and enforce justice in this nation

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    I think that she should be allowed back into the country, because she explicitly states that she wants to face the punishments that she is due. This d…

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  • Calli Jon from North Carolina

    Although what these people have done is awful, everyone deserves a second chance. Even if they have to serve some prison time upon their return, they still deserve the chance to come home. They realized their mistake and want to come back. Imagine if that was your son or daughter.

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    Although what these people have done is awful, everyone deserves a second chance. Even if they have to serve some prison time upon their return, they…

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  • Moe from Ohio

    The manipulation tactics that terrorist groups, like ISIS, use, are incomparable. People make mistakes, no matter how big. If they have the desire to return to be an upstanding citizen, as they probably were before they left, they should have the ability to return.

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    The manipulation tactics that terrorist groups, like ISIS, use, are incomparable. People make mistakes, no matter how big. If they have the desire to …

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  • Josh from Kentucky

    I think that we should allow people back into the United States even if they left to join a terrorist orgainization. If the United States wishes to change our ways and become a more progressive country, in terms of the social aspect of the United States, and if we want to move out of this “racist” view many people have on us we must start accepting people into the country. To deny a person’s entry would cause bad blood between us and the orgainization and would give them motive to set up an attack on us. However, if we allow people back into the United States, who were already here before, we get on good terms with the orgainization which they are from and we can shelter this person from the propaganda of the terrorist group and get them back into a more civilized lifestyle.

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  • Elijah from Kentucky

    I believe that they absolutely should have the right to return to the United States. While I can fully recognize the dangers of people like this, I feel that they should have the right to come home. As a country I feel like the person should have been under surveillance for possible terrorism. I struggle to believe that he or she would not show any obvious signs of their plans. We should take responsibility for this and allow them to return. At the same time, I feel like we should not leave these people unwatched. They should be under heavy surveillance to ensure that they will not harm any other citizens. We could possibly even set up an organization dedicated toward ensuring that the return of people like this is safe and easy for all parties.

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  • Jonathan from Kentucky

    I think that they should let her back into the U.S. The reason I believe this is because they haven’t done anything for ISIS post joining them. In terms of ISIS, it is like a religion. For example, a lot of people are Catholic, but do not do Catholic things like go to church. It is the same way with ISIS I feel. Although prolonged with bad experiences in the past from horrible experiences. The person who wants to come back in may just want to come back to visit family and reconnect with people she loves. Denying her this would just be flat out wrong. Also if people are really that concerned, just keep a careful watch on her. Overall I believe she should be let back in mainly due to the fact that not all people involved in ISIS are horrible people.

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  • Anonymous from Michigan

    I think that if a former U.S resident merely joins a terrorist group, they should be allowed back to America
    If they have committed any crime, I’m sure it would be reasonable to keep them out, but what if they honestly though joining the group was beneficial to their religion or beliefs? The resident in question could be doing good things inside of the group, or nothing at all, just being a part of it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that they are committing treason if they merely join a group of people who do wrong. It isn’t fair to directly just label them as evil too, even if they haven’t done anything wrong. .

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  • Emma from Michigan

    I think that they should be able to enter back into the country because they have not done any harm. It would be another thing if they committed an act of violence but if they moved there based on beliefs but then later found that it was not for them I think they should be able to come back.

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    • Thora from Colorado

      How are we to know that they have not done any harm? They initially left America with the intent to commit acts of violence and treason.

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    • Antonio from Colorado

      I don’t believe this is possible at all because this character is too suspicious and why would they just choose to come back seems like they are coming back to do something that is not accepted in the country and why we have such a strong national defense for our country. It just seems to fishy but it is nice to accept people it just doesn’t add up if they just decide to leave the terrorist group to come into America.

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      I don’t believe this is possible at all because this character is too suspicious and why would they just choose to come back seems like they are comin…

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    • Kevin from Colorado

      But those beliefs in the caliphate put them in direct conflict with western ideals, and the ideals of America itself. How can we accept them back if they are known to have been radicalized, and not necessarily reformed?

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    • Elijah from Kansas

      This woman moved to the Middle East and joined ISIS, an anti-American group. Her belief was that she should support a group that advocates for the killing of Americans. There is more than enough information about the things that ISIS does, she cannot claim ignorance to their actions. Supporting any group that is an enemy of the US is a crime, and she has become an enemy of the US.

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    • Abbey from Colorado

      I can totally see where you are coming from. I think we should not assume they have terrible intentions in mind right off the bat. That being said, I disagree with your stance. I think that if someone is to even think about being with a terrorist group, they have violence in mind and they most likely committed an act of violence while apart of the group. Terrorist groups are evil and aggressive and their main goals are to inflict pain among innocent people. If someone from America wants to even think about being apart of such a thing, that has killed people from the U.S., I do not think they should be allowed back. To me, they sound dangerous and cruel.

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      I can totally see where you are coming from. I think we should not assume they have terrible intentions in mind right off the bat. That being said, I …

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    • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

      This person wanted to kill you. If she had gone up to you and said I’m going to make sure you and everyone you love will die for not believing in my religion, would you want to forgive this person? If you join a terroist group, you by definition want to kill people. Your actions have consequences.

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    • Charlize from Colorado

      I agree that somebody leaving because of religious beliefs is acceptable and we shouldn’t prosecute them for that but if the person is joining a notably violent group that has committed deeds of violence against America before what is to say about the person who joined them. it is a safety hazard to the people to allow a person who has joined such a dangerous group to let them into the country again.

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      I agree that somebody leaving because of religious beliefs is acceptable and we shouldn’t prosecute them for that but if the person is joining a not…

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    • Lainey from Colorado

      Its just so hard to trust someone that once had shared beliefs with terrorists even if they do redeem themselves. I totally agree that they can change and deserve that second chance its just that terrorism is such a red flag, unless they have proof that they have no affiliations with terrorists.

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    • Mackenzie from Colorado

      I understand your point of view and your optimism in finding the good every person has, but this view is very idealistic when put in the context of this question. A person that has left the country for the sole purpose of joining a terrorist group has clearly shown their staunch beliefs in committing acts of violence towards other people. It does not matter if they eventually felt that that crowd was “not for them,” as they still felt strong enough about it, at one point, to leave their home and country to join a group with “savage” mentalities.

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    • Kira from Colorado

      How are we able to trust them to do good in our country? What if they claim theyre good but continue to recruit others and commit terrorism.

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    • laney from South Carolina

      Not done any harm? They joined a terrorist organization! They moved “based on beliefs”…… the beliefs of killing non-believers and killing innocent civilians, anyone that watches the news for five minutes knows what ISIS is about.

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    • Kennedy from Ohio

      I believe that when you become a US citizen, there is no law, person or authority that can take that title away from you. We do not know why people left to join ISIS, but we do know why they decided to leave and come back to their homeland. You can’t judge this situation based on feelings, until you have facts about the situation, you can’t really be against it. So I think those people should be welcomed back.

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      I believe that when you become a US citizen, there is no law, person or authority that can take that title away from you. We do not know why people le…

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    • Zane from Colorado

      While this makes sense due to the fact that society is now accepting any belief that you have, have you thought about the threat they pose? They left our great nation to become an enemy of ours, and if you don’t remember, ISIS is a huge enemy of the US. They seem to be wanting to come back because they realize that ISIS has been crushed by the US and that one way or another she would have to own up for what she did. Once you make a decision, you have to live with the consequences no matter how big or little they are. Her’s is not coming back to our great nation.

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    • Nick from Pennsylvania

      How can you say these terrorists have not harmed anyone? Aiding and abetting a terrorist organization allows this hate group to strengthen. Joining a terrorist organization should not be taken lightly, this was not a phase in the life of this traitor, this was a calculated and thoughtout choice.

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    • Emma from Colorado

      I definitely agree with you here. If someone has left truly because they were in love, realized that they couldn’t stay with someone or didn’t like the conditions of a group/had misconceptions about it, they should be allowed back into the US with the proper process. There needs to be something to verify whether or not a person is safe (treason, spies, harming a US citizen, etc.).

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      I definitely agree with you here. If someone has left truly because they were in love, realized that they couldn’t stay with someone or didn’t like th…

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    • Caleb from North Carolina

      I also want to add that the penalty under United States law and Alabama law means this woman is going to be imprisoned for at least 10 years (Alabama) or 5 years (federal). And I notice that nobody has mentioned that one very conspicuous penalty for treason is death under US law. I doubt she’ll get the death penalty, but I strongly suspect she is going to get more than the minimum.

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    • Declan from New York

      Joining a terrorist group that believes killing American’s is definitely not a “no harm” offense. We should focus on allowing people who believe in the American Dream and creating a better life for themselves, their family, and their country: we should not be letting people into this country that believe in killing American citizens.

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      Joining a terrorist group that believes killing American’s is definitely not a “no harm” offense. We should focus on allowing people who believe in th…

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    • Ian from Colorado

      Article III, section 3 of the U.S. Constitution: “Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” So she was adhering to America’s enemies therefore committing treason.

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    • Maura from Colorado

      I disagree with your statement that they aren’t doing any harm. People don’t just join terrorist groups for any reason. Their reasons are always violent and hateful towards the country.

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      I disagree with your statement that they aren’t doing any harm. People don’t just join terrorist groups for any reason. Their reasons are always viole…

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    • victoria from Colorado

      Yeah I can see why we should just because it is the first amendment which protects anything they say and also the fact that people can’t get in trouble for what ideas and thoughts they have.

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      Yeah I can see why we should just because it is the first amendment which protects anything they say and also the fact that people can’t get in troubl…

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    • Rachael from Colorado

      And if they did do something, and not just marry, do you believe they should be allowed back in, perhaps not as a normal citizen, but as a prisoner?

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  • Jordan from Alabama

    I think it is absolutely a nonsense action to even think that you would want to beg to return to a country you abandoned for a terrorist group/organization. If you leave the country for somebody like ISIS, what gives you the right to return, or even beg to return? By suing the president because you cannot return, you are pushing yourself even further away. You can never be trusted ever again if you choose to abandon your country for a terrorist organization. Also, the “ISIS bride” is an excellent example of this situation. She has many beliefs that go against the American government, and that is not even the worst part. Hoda Muthana abandoned the United States of America, joined ISIS, and married somebody from ISIS, but she wants to return to the States? KEEP IN MIND: she is not a legal citizen of the States, despite that she was born here. Her father was a diplomat. Regardless, who would even think that you should bring her back to the States? I believe that if you leave the country, you should abide by the country’s laws and not betray your own country. In a nutshell, do not abandon your country for a terrorist group or organization. Doing so is absolutely disgusting and is unforgivable.

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    • jager from Georgia

      no, i believe they should not be able to return and if they do return they should be imprisoned for joining a terrorist group that wants to kill Americans and any other innocent people. so no i do not believe they should be able to re enter the country with out any consequence.

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      no, i believe they should not be able to return and if they do return they should be imprisoned for joining a terrorist group that wants to kill Ameri…

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    • Amber from Colorado

      I agree, there are many things wrong with abandoning your country and when conditions are bad and you want to come home, the U.S. is supposed to hold their hand? They betrayed their loyalty to our country and that’s that.

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  • Kate from Connecticut

    Hoda Muthana chose to abandon the United States and join a violent terrorist group, therefore the United States reserves the right to deny her the ability to re-enter and protect loyal, American lives. Every American citizen has the right to a fair trial, but Muthana chose to leave behind her rights and American identity when she joined a terrorist organization abroad. American values do not include imposing radical beliefs with violent methods on any human, no matter what. Her choice to leave is her right, but to return and possibly pose a threat to innocent civilians is not something that the US Government will be forced to take responsibility for. While she may not receive the textbook definition of justice, jail time, remaining in a war zone is a severe consequence as is. The US should not get involved, and should deny Muthana reentry to the US as her rights do not apply any longer.

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  • Morgan from Alabama

    If they left with the intentions of terrorism, it shows that they do not have the United States’ best interest at mind so they should not be allowed back in. If they had prior bad intentions, who is to say they are safe to be in the country

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    • Megan from Colorado

      I agree. Plus, if they chose to leave in order to pursue a terrorist group, they could likely return to the US in order to commit a attack. Whether they were American citizens or not, this is obvious betrayal to the country as a whole and they should be prohibited from re-entering.

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      I agree. Plus, if they chose to leave in order to pursue a terrorist group, they could likely return to the US in order to commit a attack. Whether th…

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    • McKenna from Colorado

      I believe that it is not safe to let them back in, but don’t you think that they must’ve just been mislead or misguided so we should give them a chance and watch them very closely. I don’t believe this is something that should be taken lightly.

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    • McKenna from Colorado

      I agree with that because if they voluntarily wanted to join a terrorist group why should we let them back into the U.S. without knowing their true intentions and what they might be capable of doing.

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      I agree with that because if they voluntarily wanted to join a terrorist group why should we let them back into the U.S. without knowing their true in…

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    • Thora from Colorado

      I agree, if this is the exact reason we allow such a small amount of refugees in, then why should Americans be treated any less?

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    • Mackenzie from Colorado

      I agree. If they left with the intention of joining a terrorist group, it is obvious what their mentality is and what they are willing to do.

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    • Abbey from Colorado

      I absolutely agree with this comment. I think that if they knew they were going to be participating in terrorism, then they do not care about the well being of the American people. And as you said, if they had bad intentions originally, I do not think they will be smart to have back in the country. Especially because after being with these bad people in the terrorist group, this person from the U.S. might feel even more aggressive or have the urge to hurt people as the terrorist often do.

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      I absolutely agree with this comment. I think that if they knew they were going to be participating in terrorism, then they do not care about the well…

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    • Ryan from Colorado

      Precisely. They are interested in committing acts of violence against their own country, and even if it’s for religious or political points, that doesn’t change anything. They are still betraying their country, and possibly wanting to hurt innocents.

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    • peyton from Colorado

      I very much agree, if someone, being a US citizen, leaves the country, hoping to become a terrorist, then clearly they don’t have Americas’ best interest in mind, I agree with Morgan on the fact that if they had prior bad internitions, what makes you so sure that they aren’t putting any US citizen at danger?

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      I very much agree, if someone, being a US citizen, leaves the country, hoping to become a terrorist, then clearly they don’t have Americas’ best i…

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    • Emma from Colorado

      I absolutely agree and understand what you’re saying here. It’s important that everyone stays safe in the US and that we have the people in our best mind. Leaving the US with the intention to join a terrorist group is the same thing as leaving your house to join a group that plans to murder someone. What do you think about how to take action if a person left the US for love rather than to join a terrorist group or ended up in one by force? Should they still not be allowed back in?

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      I absolutely agree and understand what you’re saying here. It’s important that everyone stays safe in the US and that we have the people in our best m…

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    • Maura from Colorado

      I completely agree with you. People who leave with the intent of hurting the country should not be allowed back.

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    • victoria from Colorado

      I agree, if they were to be let back in, I would suggest we need to watch them closely.

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    • Rachael from Colorado

      I definitely agree, but if they were allowed, what do you believe should be done with them?

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  • Joel from Florida

    I don’t believe they should be allowed back to the country after abandoning the U.S for a terrorist group.

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  • Brittany from Florida

    I strongly believe if you choose to leave behind a country that you grew up in and supported you and transfer to an terrorist group that has or good put a gigantic threat on your home country and cause dangerous to your fellow Americans , then you should not be allowed to return to a country that you turned against and left in the dust. Obviously if you feel like this country isn’t high enough for standards and you rather go with the enemy, then that’s your choice, but you would be betraying this country .

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  • Callie from Missouri

    They should not be able to reenter the US due to the fact that they literally left to join a terrorism group, something that aims to harm people, whether of a specific group or an entire country. They aim to commit TREASON, something that nobody should even CONSIDER. It’s messed up to let them come back, even if they have a right to due process. They could always do it again after all.

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    They should not be able to reenter the US due to the fact that they literally left to join a terrorism group, something that aims to harm people, whet…

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  • Sofia from California

    If you leave the United States to join a terrorist group, you should not be allowed to re-enter the United States. With problems with terrorist groups today, the person re-entering the united states could possibly attack if they were in a terrorist group. I feel like it could also be suspicious for wanting to re-enter the United States again. It would be risky because you would not know the intentions that person has.

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  • Yara from California

    – No, they should not be allowed to re-enter the U.S if they left to join a terrorist group because it threatens the safety of the country and all its inhabitants. If someone left the country to join a terrorist organization, their ideals conflict with those of the country, and they may have hidden intentions in coming back. There is no telling what a former terrorist group member’s intentions are for re-entering the country, therefore, to uphold national security, they should not have the ability to do so. If they are let back in, they may cause detrimental harm to America, leading to chaos and fear in every citizen. As the U.S has experienced horrible terrorist attacks in the past, these extra measures of banning former terrorist group members should be taken, in order to extremely decrease the chances of it happening again. If they’ve gone against the U.S once, who’s to say it will not happen another time?

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  • Nicolette from California

    U.S. residents who left the country to join a terrorist group should not be allowed re-entrance into the United States. Their choice to become part of a terrorist group ultimately surrendered their patriotism, citizenship, and the rights every American is promised. The United States holds the ability to deny any past-terrorists in order to protect the life and liberty of its current citizens. The return of terrorists to the country would infringe on the safety of many Americans, as some may have even emigrated from countries that were under terrorist attack. Also, the presence of terrorists in the country will deplete the portrayal and reputation of refugees living peacefully in America who may immigrated just to escape terrorist control. If the terrorist were to commit any attacks in the name of their group, like ISIS, many Americans will tend to attack innocent Muslims they may deem as a part of the terrorist group. This could be seen after the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center. After 9/11, Muslim hatred spiked in America and many innocent Muslim-Americans were attacked by life-threatening messages, some including anonymous phone calls, vandalism on their homes, and verbal abuse by random strangers. In conclusion, terrorists should not be granted re entrance into the country they abandoned as they will harm the life and liberty promised to every American citizen.

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  • Ryan from California

    Former U.S. residents should not be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist organization. If someone left our country to join a terrorist organization, clearly they do not support the U.S. and by joining that organization they are practically going to war with the U.S. Also, when someone joins a terrorist organization they are denouncing their U.S. citizenship and to come back in would need to be investigated. Not only would someone who left the U.S. to join a terrorist organization not be allowed back in because they would not be a citizen, but also because of the threat to national security. Anyone who has ever been a part of a terrorist organization no matter how long ago will still have hate for the U.S. and because of this they should not be allowed in. In final, Former U.S. residents should not be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist organization, due to the major threat they pose to national security.

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  • Ethan from California

    I honestly believe that they should be expelled from this country and should not be allowed. This country is all about loyalty, justice, and freedom. I understand by not allowing the former terrorists in, we are denying their freedom in America but I believe that is the price they should pay for taking the freedom of others with their terror. America has suffered already so much by acts of terror and we do not need people who used to belong to those acts. By being in terrorists group, justice needs to be served and they need to pay a price. They were also not loyal so we should not accept them with open arms as that would make America seem weak and insecure.

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  • Kaden from Kansas

    I can agree that because she is a blood born American, she should be allowed back, but we need to look at more than just the surface of the issue. She did abandon the United States for a terrorist group across the world, and bringing her back could pose more than just a security threat. She could be telling the truth, but it could also be a tactic by ISIS to infiltrate the US and potentially wreak havoc here as well. So no, I don’t believe she should be allowed back.

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  • Luke from Kansas

    She is a bad person. She left America for a different country and should stay there.

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  • Brian from Colorado

    I dont think they should be able to come back.

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  • Eric from Kansas

    They should not come back to the United States because they left the United States to be part of a terrorist group and if they come back they could be endangering the soil of the U.S.

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  • Alysia from Virginia

    I believe that people that leave the US to ally themselves with terrorist groups should not be allowed to reenter the country because they pose significant risks to national security. While one person may have a legitimate reason to reenter, others may only “seem” to defect, instead trying to gain access to American people to further their terrorist beliefs and agenda.

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  • Eli from Michigan

    If a resident of the U.S leaves the country to help support a terrorist group that the U.S is fighting against because they are doing bad things, and decides to try come back after the war they might do something bad. I don’t think they should be let back in because the chances are probably did something bad against the U.S. or someone else. If someone leaves their country to help a terrorist group they are going to produce a really good reason to be let back into that country. If the U.S lets people that were in a terrorist group back into the country they are possibly going to do really bad things. This is why I don’t think the U.S should allow people who joined a terrorist group back into the country.

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  • Nathaniel from New York

    The people who left the US to join ISIS forfeited their citizenship when they joined a known enemy of the United States. While they have committed crimes against the US they have also committed even greater crimes aginst Iraq and Syria and they should stand trial in one of those countries. Even if we allowed these people back into the country they would pose a security threat to the US and could even radicalize people within prison. We should leave these people in the Middle East and let the governments that ISIS has attacked do with them what they will instead of allowing them back and letting them live off of tax payer money in federal prison while they radicalize their fellow prisoners and plot their next attack against US citizens.

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  • Alex from California

    Allowing the return of former terrorists into the United States would not only be unwise but also quite unethical. Firstly, now that the threat of the Islamic State is being diminished, its remaining members are forced to disperse. Because the majority of its members are highly indoctrinated, they are highly probable to continue pursuing their goals and missions, i.e., those of their terrorist group, no matter where they are. Thus, these supposedly former terrorists are a national security threat, for they can radicalize other citizens and spread their messages of hate and violence, or could carry out attacks themselves. It has been determined that these ISIS members are quite loyal, from fighters to brides, and thus is it not unwise to assume that they are a danger to society at large if allowed to return to their homelands, even if it is to stand trial and be sent to prison. Secondly, there is the ethical dilemma that is brought about by the issue of loyalty and betrayal. These former Americans abandoned their homeland to fight against it as part of a terrorist organization, thus committing treason as it is defined under U.S. law by the Constitution. Their lack of loyalty and betrayal of their country for the causes of a hostile power demonstrate their questionable trustworthiness and reliability; if they betrayed and fought against America, what obligation does America have to welcome them back? The government has an obligation to protect its loyal and trusting citizens, and the admission of these terrorists jeopardizes this. It is important to consider that the return of these terrorists sends a message that the leverage of war against the nation by its own citizens is accepted by the U.S. government, which is not the appropriate response to the horrific actions, intentions, and beliefs of the people in question. Therefore, for both the concerns of security and ethics issues, the allowance of formerly American terrorists to return to the United States would be dangerous and should be opposed.

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    Allowing the return of former terrorists into the United States would not only be unwise but also quite unethical. Firstly, now that the threat of the…

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  • Emily from New York

    I don’t believe that we should let them back into the country because they would be a threat to the safety of the other U.S. citizens. If they left because they were forced or captured, I would say to allow them back into the country, but if they chose to leave and join the terrorist group on their own, it is morally wrong and I believe that they should not be let back in. It goes against all points of what we represent as a country.

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    I don’t believe that we should let them back into the country because they would be a threat to the safety of the other U.S. citizens. If they left be…

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  • James from Texas

    It is ridiculous to allow known terrorists back into the country. Think an old proverb saying, “You made your bed, now lie in it.”

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  • Brianna from Louisiana

    Leaving the country to join a known territorist group is the upmost disgrace to the country, even though the reasons for leaving may have been logical, they do not excuse the actions. Allowing the person back out the country and the citizen in danger. The country because, who is to know the terms on which they left the organization, and will they retaliate. It’s also dangerous to the citizen because in this day if media everyone will know his or her face and possibly attack them.

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    Leaving the country to join a known territorist group is the upmost disgrace to the country, even though the reasons for leaving may have been logical…

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  • R.W. from Maryland

    The security risk is too great. Even though individuals may genuinely repent of having joined a terrorist organization; the practice of allowing re-entry for such individuals would inevitably tempt terrorist organizations to recruit individuals specifically so they can serve as “repatriated” sleepers. The process of maintaining security in a country as (rightly) zealous as ours to protect individual freedoms is difficult enough without adding the challenge of vetting the minds of individuals who admit to having active ties to terrorist groups, but claim to have had change of heart. How can one verify “a change of Heart”? Only time can tell whether the person is sincerely repentant. Time in which the potential damage could be significant.

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    The security risk is too great. Even though individuals may genuinely repent of having joined a terrorist organization; the practice of allowing re-e…

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  • Martine from New York

    If they left America with the intentions to terrorize other countries, but more specifically America, there should be no reason for them to return. No one can be certain if they are trustworthy, and it threatens safety of American citizens.

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    If they left America with the intentions to terrorize other countries, but more specifically America, there should be no reason for them to return. N…

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  • Grant from Colorado

    Hoda Muthana should not be able to return to the United States. This is because there is a huge possibility of her spreading her radical Islamic beliefs if she were to go to prison. This would make our prisons more dangerous. She lost her right to be a citizen once she decided to fight against the United States with the enemy known as ISIS. She is not protected under our laws anymore since she is not a citizen.

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    Hoda Muthana should not be able to return to the United States. This is because there is a huge possibility of her spreading her radical Islamic beli…

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  • Emilio from Virginia

    Whether or not Ex-ISIS members, who were an American citizen before joining the Islamic terrorist group, were to ever come back to our beloved homeland is all upon the government’s decision. However, if the public were to be granted the ability to decide for them, then I believe they shouldn’t be pardoned nor be able to return. They betrayed America to join a terrorist group/ organization. It was their decision to leave in the first place and they knew their fate when leaving. Nevertheless, I truly believe that people can change within time, but this situation is beyond a person’s ability to be rectified for their decision or action. If they were to be able to return to the states, then they should be locked up in maximum security facility for the rest of their lives. For being a traitor to the United States of America. As for the Islamic terrorist group, their time will soon come to an end.

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    Whether or not Ex-ISIS members, who were an American citizen before joining the Islamic terrorist group, were to ever come back to our beloved homelan…

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  • Carissa from Tennessee

    If a U.S. citizen knowingly joins or assists a foreign terrorist organization they should have their passport and status as a citizen taken away to prevent them from harming others. If someone is old enough to do that, they are old enough to suffer the consequences. You are ether for us or against us.

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    If a U.S. citizen knowingly joins or assists a foreign terrorist organization they should have their passport and status as a citizen taken away to pr…

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    In the Constitution, only one crime is defined: treason. According to Article III Section III, treason is “levying war against [the United States], or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort.” Leaving America to join a terrorist group is clearly an act of treason, so people who do so clearly deserve some form of punishment. They should not be invited back to America to return to their lives after committing such an act. In fact, these people deserve to be punished. Further in line with the Constitution, a person must be tried and convicted by an open court to decide if they have actually committed the treasonous act. People who have left America to join a terrorist organization should not be invited back to the United States to return to their lives. Instead, they should be brought back only to be tried in court to be held responsible for their actions. In that way, they are actually punished for their act of treason.

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    In the Constitution, only one crime is defined: treason. According to Article III Section III, treason is “levying war against [the United States], or…

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  • Megan from Colorado

    If an individual willingly leaves the United States for the purpose of joining a terrorist group, that person likely knew the sacrifice they were making upon leaving the country. It is not unreasonable in the slightest to prohibit them from returning to the US, as they very well could be trying to re-enter with the motive of harming US citizens.

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    If an individual willingly leaves the United States for the purpose of joining a terrorist group, that person likely knew the sacrifice they were maki…

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  • Toby from Utah

    While a case can be made that people should come back. However, it’s not always a great idea. Imagine, for example, that you run a daycare center that handles young children. Let’s say that someone applying for a job there has a criminal history for sexually abusing children. Can people change? Absolutely, yes. However, there is a risk tied to it. If we know that this person has done something bad in the past, are you willing to throw the dice on that? I would say no. The same goes here. This isn’t the case of the hopeful immigrant in search for a better life. This is a person who has been working with an enemy of not only the US, but the rest of the world. An example from today is the case of Foued Mohamed-Aggad, one of the terrorists involved in the Paris attacks in 2015. According to the BBC, he was initially lured into Syria by ISIS leaders and then returned home before committing the attack. Many of them appeared normal, but after being radicalized they committed acts of terror that killed many people. We must understand that, while yes people can change, we have to be careful with people who have been radicalized by people who have no interest in safety or the success of our nation. Even if they are to return, they have to do a lot to earn back our trust.

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  • Olivia from New York

    They should not be allowed to re-enter the United States because people’s tax dollars shouldn’t go towards funding their meals in prison. Why should taxpayers pay for someone who would be happy to see them dead?

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    They should not be allowed to re-enter the United States because people’s tax dollars shouldn’t go towards funding their meals in prison. Why should t…

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  • Caleb from Florida

    I would say no for several reasons. First of all, in the case of those who joined ISIS, they are no longer citizens of the United States because they joined an enemy country called the Islamic State. Secondly, those who join terrorist groups have become traitors by definition of Article 3 of the United States Constitution which says “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” I can understand how someone could see the consequences of their actions, but should we trust someone who says they are no longer a traitor? A traitor cannot and should not be trusted. The only possible reason to allow a traitor to reenter the U.S. would be to allow them to be tried and punished. However, if they are truly sorry for their actions, their punishment is not being allowed to reenter the United States. If they are not truly sorry and are just trying to come to the U. S. to subvert our way of life, keeping them out protects our nation.

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    • Grant from Colorado

      I agree with you because she is a traitor to our country and we do not want terrorists walking around our country without consequences for their actions.

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  • Emily from Missouri

    Hoda Muthana freely decided to leave America and join the ISIS organization. For this reason, I think that she should not be able to return to The United States. There is a huge risk bringing her back into the United States because can we cannot guarantee her actions are pure. She could potentially be a spy and leak information to ISIS. I understand that she could have potential information about ISIS that could be helpful to us but I don’t think that what knowledge she might know is worth the risk of what information she could give to ISIS.

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    Hoda Muthana freely decided to leave America and join the ISIS organization. For this reason, I think that she should not be able to return to The Uni…

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  • Morgan from Virginia

    If a former U.S resident left to join a terrorist group, they should NOT be allowed back into the U.S. Terrorist groups are violent. They cause harm and destruction. If a resident of the U.S left to be a part of such a group, it shows they do not care much about the U.S. If they wanted to be a resident of the U.S they should have never left in the first place, especially for something that could hurt the U.S. Allowing someone to come back into the United States who was in a terrorist group is like handing ourselves a threat. If they were violent at one point somewhere else, odds are they will be in another place. No matter how long ago someone was part of a terrorist group, they still would be looked at and considered dangerous. People wouldn’t feel safe knowing they are living among a terrorist. Yes, people can and do change, but terrorism is a major issue. With all of that being said, no, a former U.S resident should not be allowed back if they were previously in a terrorist group because they can still be dangerous and they should not have left to begin with.

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    If a former U.S resident left to join a terrorist group, they should NOT be allowed back into the U.S. Terrorist groups are violent. They cause harm a…

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  • Noah from New York

    I do not think she should be able to re-enter into the United States. For all we know, she may be planning something once she re-enters, and we can never know for sure. It will be too late to prevent anything once she enters, and therefore we should keep her out of the country. It was her choice to leave in the first place, and rather than the US charging her of her crimes, she should face the consequences from their side.

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    I do not think she should be able to re-enter into the United States. For all we know, she may be planning something once she re-enters, and we can ne…

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  • Jade from Colorado

    I think that there is no way that you should be able to come back to a country that you left to join a group that the U.S. has had issues with before. Everyone remembers 9/11 and how traumatic it was to our country. If you leave to be a part of a terrorist group or organization, you should not have the right to come back because of our past with those groups. A lot of people in America would not feel nearly as safe here anymore if you were able to just come back in like nothing happened. Who knows why you really came back to the U.S. You could be coming back to start over your life, but you might also be coming back to follow the rules of the group you joined and attack the U.S. I do not think there is any way to prove that you are coming back for a genuinely good reason, so there is no reason you should get to come back.

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    • Miya from Colorado

      Yes, but at the same time we are a welcoming country and we should be able to let people back in that prove themselves

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  • Melissa from Florida

    If they were capable enough to make the decision to leave and join a group they knew was associated with terrorism then that need to be capable enough to deal with the aftermath and the consequences of those actions. They cannot just say I am tired and I was my child or family to xyz. Did the people they hurt and kill get the chance to decide a different fate? No their lives were taken or permanently damaged. If they did not have pity on those they hurt then why should we have pity or forgiveness for them? What makes them or their life or their future more important or more valuable than the ones they hurt? Why should they be afforded more rights that those they murdered? Why should they be allowed to bring their newfound families back to a country that they rejected and denounced of their own free will? And what about the kids killed or dying in those countries? They do not have the luxury of a parent saying no my child I will just tell them I want to go home and your life will be good. Those kids are not US citizens. Those women left the country and did unspeakable things. Now they should have to pay for the things they have done. No one can live in that environment and say they didn’t know what was going on or are completely innocent.

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    If they were capable enough to make the decision to leave and join a group they knew was associated with terrorism then that need to be capable enough…

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  • John from Michigan

    They have shown by their own allegiance to enemies of freedom that they are opposed to our Constitutional way of life. By their actions, they have aided and abetted the enemies of freedom in which hundreds of thousands of lovers of freedom have paid the ultimate price to preserve.

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  • Aleia from Iowa

    Joining a terrorist group clearly states that you do not support the United States therefore returning to the country would not benefit anyone that lives here.

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  • Pearson from Tennessee

    Former U.S. residents should not be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group. If we did somebody return, how would we know that they are not a spy or still working for them? Is there a way to prove that they are not associated anymore? Fox News clearly states this. What is stopping them from attacking us? It is a risk we should not be willing to take. It would be truly idiotic to let anybody who has any ties to terrorist organizations back into our country.

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    Former U.S. residents should not be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group. If we did somebody return, how would we know tha…

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  • Alyssa from Utah

    She shouldn’t come back because she can act innocent and make it look like she want to come back be a U.S. citizen. BUT she could be going undercover to plan an idea for a terrorist attack on the U.S.

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  • Ballama from Utah

    No because if a person that is born in the United States, and leaves to a terrorist group that we are afraid of and hate, they should not be allowed back in the country. She may want to return to help plan an attack for ISIS and it can hurt our country letting her back in.

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    No because if a person that is born in the United States, and leaves to a terrorist group that we are afraid of and hate, they should not be allowed b…

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  • Kelyn from Utah

    I believe that if you leave to terrorist group you should not be able to come back because you have valuable information on the U.S or on ISIS. In prison you could recruit more terrorists that could do a lot of damage within the country.

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    I believe that if you leave to terrorist group you should not be able to come back because you have valuable information on the U.S or on ISIS. In pri…

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  • Lakenedi from Louisiana

    I say no because you shouldn’t have never left in the first place. Think about why did you leave if you knew you wanted to come back or was going to have to com back. I say no because she had no business leaving because if you leave a America and expect to come back then don’t leave. I say no because if we let her in everyone else that left America would want to come back and we could be having threats and it might be a lot of dangerous people out there that wanna come back to America.

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    I say no because you shouldn’t have never left in the first place. Think about why did you leave if you knew you wanted to come back or was going to …

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  • Michelle from Colorado

    Given the case that they are most likely not to return to the US, I believe that they should be denied access to the US. Their intentions of the beginning were to abandon in their Homeland for the sake of violence. Given that the primary terrorist group in the world is against the US, there could be a chance of an ulterior move.

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    Given the case that they are most likely not to return to the US, I believe that they should be denied access to the US. Their intentions of the begin…

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  • McKenna from Colorado

    I don’t think they should be allowed to re-enter the U.S. because since they already pledged their allegiance to somewhere other than the United States, they are now a threat to our country. Even if they were charged and put in jail, they will eventually get out and can create a threat to citizens.

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    I don’t think they should be allowed to re-enter the U.S. because since they already pledged their allegiance to somewhere other than the United Sta…

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  • Brandon from Florida

    Terrorists should only be allowed back in if it’s straight to jail. To just allow them back in is a major threat to national security. If they betrayed us once, they’ll likely do it again.

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    • Jade from Colorado

      I agree with you. I think that the chances of them betraying the U.S. even after jail time, is higher than it would be if they never left or never came back. With everything that our country has dealt with in regards to terrorism, it is a huge threat our National Security to just let them back in.

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      I agree with you. I think that the chances of them betraying the U.S. even after jail time, is higher than it would be if they never left or never cam…

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  • Shae from New York

    Absolutely not. In no way do I support keeping people out of the country, but if one were to leave and join the enemy they should not be given a second chance. They gave that up when they left.

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    Absolutely not. In no way do I support keeping people out of the country, but if one were to leave and join the enemy they should not be given a secon…

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  • Sydney from Arkansas

    They should not be allowed back into the United States because they left to join a terrorist group that is willing to harm others, including citizens of the United States. Although some people believe that people can change this case should not be allowed. Currently in the United States we are debating whether immigrants should be allowed to come in because they are afraid of the “dangers” they bring. So if they don’t want them to come in to start and attempt to make a better life then previous terrorists should not be allowed to either.

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  • Cierra from Ohio

    As humans we have free will and intellect. This means we have the choice to any action we make. So, anyone who choose to leave the u.s to harm another or go against us in any way should not grant the right to return. If we let everyone from Isis come back when they left to cause harm to us how will we be safe ? If a criminal who robs a bank ask for a second chance for a job who anyone hire him ? It’s the same but in this case you no longer have the right to engage in any actions regarding the u.s.

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    As humans we have free will and intellect. This means we have the choice to any action we make. So, anyone who choose to leave the u.s to harm another…

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    • Cierra from Ohio

      True !!!

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  • manuel from Nevada

    If they left the United States to join a terrorist group no they should be let in to re-enter because they left with the intention to harm the United States. And if you left with the intentions to harm in the USA then its also form of betrayal and it should not to be tolerated at all because it becomes a treat to thr american society.

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    If they left the United States to join a terrorist group no they should be let in to re-enter because they left with the intention to harm the United …

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  • Destiny from Nevada

    Former U.S residents shouldn’t be able to re-enter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group because the person left to join a terrorist group , they should no longer be able to have the same privelages they had before leaving. How do we know if the person wanted to come back and face the charges but will secretly create a group in the United States? They had the idea of terrorism in their mind which is the reasoning for why they left the United States and they shouldn’t be allowed in here for those exact reasons of causing terror to people.

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  • Ashley from Nevada

    I would argue that people that have left the U.S in order to join terrorist groups should not be allowed back because they pose a threat to our society. Not only have they proven to be willing to cause pain and fear in many other places but who is to guarantee that even after going through these trials and accepting the consequences they wont keep their same ideas while toward our communities in U.S.

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    I would argue that people that have left the U.S in order to join terrorist groups should not be allowed back because they pose a threat to our societ…

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  • Larissa from Arizona

    I do not believe that former US residents should be allowed to reenter the United States if they left to join a terrorist group, because they are now a threat to us. They have left to enflict violence and terror, and now that they want back, we do not know if they are here for the right reasons. Our goal for America is to keep everyone in it safe, and bringing in a potential threat is putting those who were loyal to their country’s lives at risk.

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    I do not believe that former US residents should be allowed to reenter the United States if they left to join a terrorist group, because they are now …

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  • Madeline from Texas

    Terror groups actively work against American interests. Radical Islamic terrorists use the justification of jihad (a Holy war achieved by violence) to establish a global caliphate (Complete Islamic governance). ISIS has killed many U.S. citizens and U.S. soldiers. In the case of Hoda Muthana, she left her family in America and became an ISIS bride. Her decision to engage in radical Islamic terrorism shows a significant moral issue. She chose to align herself with a prominent terror group. Citizens who leave the U.S. to engage in radical jihad display a dangerous mentality. By not allowing them to return to the U.S. we are already carrying out justice toward these former citizens. Living in America is a privilege that citizens revoke when they join terror groups.
    Also, there is no way to prove that these returning civilians are not working for ISIS. ISIS already views American prisons as a recruitment tool. If the U.S. lets former prisoners return we give them more accessibility to carry on the cause of ISIS in America. We would be bringing the fight to our soil if we allowed ISIS fighters to infiltrate our American prisons. If these former citizens were willing to give up America to join arms with terrorists, they should not be allowed to return.

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  • Audrey from Texas

    If someone decides that terrorist groups are better than the United States of America, and that person leaves and joins a terrorist group; they should be in no way allowed to return. They made the decision to leave America for something that seeks to destroy everything America stands for. Terrorist groups such as ISIS wish to destroy all Western Values; like Christianity, free speech, and wish to destroy all those who oppose the Qur’an. The woman from Alabama was not forced to leave America, she left on her own and she should be held responsible for her decisions. Who knows if she is actually planning a terrorist attack and pretending to regret her decision? If someone were to listen to the father of this woman, one should automatically realize that he would do or say anything to get his daughter back, and is therefore biased. In conclusion, I stand firm on my belief that anyone who decides to leave America for a terrorist group should not be allowed back into the country they left.

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  • Jake from California

    No they should not be able to return to the U.S. simply because we will never be 100% sure if they truly regret and despise their decision to join an organization built upon malice. Putting personal opinions aside we should all look towards the espionage act which can legally limit an individuals rights if they present a clear and present danger and decide on whether or not we truly believe, as American citizens, that joining ISIS presents a clear and present danger; and I think we can all agree that it most certainly does.

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    • McKenna from Colorado

      I agree. These people joined a terrorist group with intent on hurting innocent people and I don’t think it is safe to let them into the country.

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  • Hannah from Kansas

    People don’t change. If they were once this way, there’s always that slight chance that they can repeat their prior actions/threats.

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  • Kevin from Colorado

    In my opinion, they effectively lost their citizenship, if not legally then in the eyes of almost all of the public, when they left to join a group completely antithetical to western values and intent on killing Christians and proponents of western ideology.

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  • Emily from North Carolina

    Former ISIS soldiers should not be allowed to enter the US due to past history, the safety of Americans, and the service of justice. So many US soldiers have died in the War on Terrorism against Bin Laden and other leaders. ISIS has taken the same actions as Al Qeuda did for years now against the US and other Western powers, attacking civilians and causing chaos (such as in Brussels and Paris). Due to these past events, the actions of these radicals that joined ISIS should be percieved as treason. If they don’t like America or what we stand for: democracy, peace, freedom— don’t let them come back. Even though some want repayment for their actions upon return, how do we know if they are genuine in their request? There’s no way to tell for sure, and the safety of the American people isn’t something that should be taken lightly. They can recruit within the prison system and turn more Americans to the side of terrorism, a risk that need not be taken. Justice will served whether these soldiers return home or not. They will meet their fate by living in a war-torn country and by dealing with life in that country they chose to live in. If some other country should decide to put them in its justice system, they will meet their fate there. Former ISIS soldiers shouldn’t be let into the US— the risks outweigh the possible benefits.

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  • Elijah from Kansas

    The person should not be allowed to re-enter the United States. The country has been at war with ISIS for a long time now, and the group has taken responsibility for many acts of terrorism all around the world. This former US citizen willingly left our country to join this radical group. She cannot claim that she did not know how violent the group was, because modern media has made that very clear to the American public. She joined an enemy of the US, a group that advocates for the killing of Americans. This woman can not be trusted by the people of this country. Even if it turns out that she wouldn’t become some sort of spy or propaganda spreader, the US cannot afford to take the risk of letting an ISIS member into the country. This woman did in fact cause harm to the country. She directly supported an anti-US militant group, and moving from Alabama to the Middle East to join this group shows people how easy it is to join ISIS, which can encourage people to join in the future. The US must stand tough against this crime, citizens must not be allowed to freely join militant groups and then come back to America.

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    The person should not be allowed to re-enter the United States. The country has been at war with ISIS for a long time now, and the group has taken res…

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  • Camryn from Maine

    They will only do us harm.

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  • Matalynn from Indiana

    I think this because they show that they no longer show support for America if and only if they do leave to join a terrorist group because they are putting out nation into danger. Coming back would give them the opportunities they want. This is not okay and I do not think that they should be allowed to come back if they leave for a terrorist group. I put it into high school and bullying terms to compare it to other possible scenarios. Say you have a group of best friends. One of them starts acting weird and rude toward the group and leaves to join the group that have bullied you and your friends. Would you let them back into your group knowing that they could possibly bring harm or danger to your friend group? No because bringing that danger back into the group could cause harm to not only you but others in that group.

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    I think this because they show that they no longer show support for America if and only if they do leave to join a terrorist group because they are pu…

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  • Adrien from Virginia

    In my opinion I do not think that former U.S. citizens should be able to re-enter the country if they left to join a terrorist group. Hoda Muthana, the woman who left the country to marry an ISIS soldier has committed treason by being with an enemy of the U.S.. If she were to choose to return to the states, she should be prepared to face the consequences, which would probably be severe. In any other situation the answer is a bit easier, if any man or woman left our country to go work with an organization that promotes its brand on inflicting harm and torture on others than they should automatically be revoked of their U.S. citizenship by taking that liberty away from other people’s lives. They made that decision and should be charged with treason, even if they claimed that they changed their ways they still cannot be trusted in our country with our loyal citizens. As soon as you associate with the enemy you have betrayed your country and cannot be looked at the same. In all, you should not be allowed back in the U.S. if you choose to support any terrorist organization, you will have betrayed your country by doing this and committing treason and if you do choose to come back you should be prepared to face the punishment of our justice system.

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    In my opinion I do not think that former U.S. citizens should be able to re-enter the country if they left to join a terrorist group. Hoda Muthana, th…

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  • Madison from South Carolina

    I say no, because the resident could come back to the United States and bomb us or begin a shooting. I understand that US citizens can openly come in and out of the United States as they please, but some residents are leaving to join the terrorist and that could openly cause so much distruction here in the United States.

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    I say no, because the resident could come back to the United States and bomb us or begin a shooting. I understand that US citizens can openly come in …

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  • Jeffrey from Massachusetts

    I’m dumbfounded about how this is even debatable. The greatest lesson life is going to teach you is that your actions have consequences. Joining a terroirst group, going against the country that has protected you from these exact people who want to hurt you, is the biggest mistake you will ever do.

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    I’m dumbfounded about how this is even debatable. The greatest lesson life is going to teach you is that your actions have consequences. Joining a t…

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  • Abbey from Colorado

    I do not believe they should be able to reenter the country after leaving to join a terrorist group because they do not deserve to come back to America if they felt called to serve a terrorist group. These terrorist groups have hurt many innocent people both from the U.S as well as those from around the world and if they want to support these actions, then I believe they should stay with this group and not come back. They could come back and want to hurt more Americans based on the brain washing these terrorist groups placed upon them. I do not think these people who believe in such evil notions should be allowed back in the U.S. after working alongside such groups.

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    I do not believe they should be able to reenter the country after leaving to join a terrorist group because they do not deserve to come back to Americ…

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  • g from Colorado

    100% treason it should not be forgiven under any circumstance

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  • Charlize from Colorado

    Former U.S. residents should be able to reenter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group unless they are in handcuffs because it is a danger to those around them. Even if the chance is small, there is still the possibility for them to do something harmful to the country and as a way to protect the citizens and visitors in the U.S. a person who has been and might still be a threat should not be aloud into the country. It is a safety hazard. The person chose to leave and join a terrorist group so they should deal with the consequences.

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    Former U.S. residents should be able to reenter the U.S. if they left to join a terrorist group unless they are in handcuffs because it is a danger to…

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  • Alex from Indiana

    Former U.S. citizens should not be permitted to reenter the country if they left to join a terrorist group. While it is true that a citizen of the United States can retain citizenship while living abroad indefinitely, there are other complications. Allying one’s self with an enemy of the United States is treason, plain and simple. The fact of whether ISIS qualifies as an enemy is unfortunately debatable from certain standpoints. Congress has never declared war on ISIS, but the War on Terror, and its parallel operations, defines terrorists as enemies. Thus, they have essentially comminted treason and aided an enemy of the state, denying themselves of the right of reentry and their citizen status.

    In the case of Hoda Muthana, no sympathy should be granted. She made her own decision leave the country and join a radical terrorist group. The Daily Commercial asserts that Muthana was too young to be held accountable for her actions; she was “barely out of high school” at the time. This does not agree with United States Law. Anyone 18 years or older is legally responsible for their actions and tried as an adult in court. In many cases, minors can be tried as adults if the crime is serious enough. Beyond this, she stuck by her decision for four years; Muthana left the U.S. in 2014 and was a member of ISIS until recently wishing to return to America. She was married to a total of three ISIS fighters over the years. While overseas, she took to Twitter and posted about murdering Americans.

    This string of unacceptable and treasonous behavior reveals that she should be condemned to a life outside of the United States. Her decisions are hers alone, and for them she must pay the consequences.

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    Former U.S. citizens should not be permitted to reenter the country if they left to join a terrorist group. While it is true that a citizen of the Un…

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  • Mackenzie from Colorado

    Citizens that have left the United States to join a terrorist group should not be able to re-enter the country, as this truly cannot be done, in any way, with good intentions. Terrorist groups commit acts of violence and look to recruit as many people as possible to go through with these heinous endeavors; therefore, any person that would willingly leave their country and risk their lives for a role in such a group is clearly showing their intentions and values.

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    Citizens that have left the United States to join a terrorist group should not be able to re-enter the country, as this truly cannot be done, in any w…

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  • Kelsie from Colorado

    I think they are committing treason therefor should not be able to re-enter. However if they do they should be charged and sentenced.

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  • Ryan from Colorado

    I do not think they should be allowed back into the country because, they left to go fight with our enemies, and they are committing treason for this act. They could be a spy, even if they claim that they are defecting. If they join a terrorist group, then they have betrayed their country, and everyone that fights against terrorism, and should not be allowed back in.

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    I do not think they should be allowed back into the country because, they left to go fight with our enemies, and they are committing treason for this …

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  • Brooklyn from Tennessee

    I believe that they should not be allowed back due to the great risk of them still having some association with those members such as spying or committing an act of terrorism. Although they may not have done anything in that extremist group, they could have adapted to a knew way of reasoning/mindset that would cause them to act violently.

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    I believe that they should not be allowed back due to the great risk of them still having some association with those members such as spying or commit…

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  • Logan from Louisiana

    They should not be allowed back in. They knew the life they were leaving and should be seen as committing treason. Considering we are still in the war on terror, joining a terror group makes you against the United States. So joining a terrorist group should exterminate your citizenship in the United States.

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    They should not be allowed back in. They knew the life they were leaving and should be seen as committing treason. Considering we are still in the war…

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  • David from Washington

    If you go to join a terrorist group that takes American lives, you automatically disqualify yourself from both my sympathy and this country’s. We have lost so many young Americans to the war on terror. I don’t care if you are directly related to President Washington and a bald eagle carried you to the hospital instead of a stork. When you go to join a terrorist group, you forfeit your rights and your citizenship. I would say you forfeit your humanity.

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    If you go to join a terrorist group that takes American lives, you automatically disqualify yourself from both my sympathy and this country’s. We have…

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  • Morgan from Colorado

    No, they should not because they should be now considered dangerous, because they were formally in a terrorist group. You never really know what they are planning on doing: They could be coming back to spy, or even planning a terrorist attack in the USA.

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    No, they should not because they should be now considered dangerous, because they were formally in a terrorist group. You never really know what they …

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  • Kira from Colorado

    We dont know what they did when they joined the terrorist group and having them return to the U.S could result in many problems. They could continue to recruit others or even hurt or plan others in the U.S.

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    We dont know what they did when they joined the terrorist group and having them return to the U.S could result in many problems. They could continue t…

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  • Marquez from Illinois

    With the society we all live in today most people who join isis and then change their minds could just be appealing to peoples emotions.These people will cry for a second chance so they can come back and commit a terrorist attack against innocent people. We need to wake up and realize that no mercy should be given to an individual that made the decision to train under the isis leadership and betray their country that has given them all the freedoms they couldn’t get in any other country.
    God Bless America!!!

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    With the society we all live in today most people who join isis and then change their minds could just be appealing to peoples emotions.These people w…

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  • james from Minnesota

    i don’t think they should be allowed to come back as they can still be apart of ISIS and we wouldn’t know until it is to late. They could be gathering and sharing ital data to their ISIS counterparts to help them make an attack. Also taking up arms against the United Stated and joining a group that actively attacks us and our allies any chance they get is considered treason so even if she does somehow get back she will have to face a judge and most likely will be found guilty. Treason is one of the only crimes where we can deliver capital punishment so she would possibly die even if she did get back anyways

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    i don’t think they should be allowed to come back as they can still be apart of ISIS and we wouldn’t know until it is to late. They could be gathering…

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  • Ian from Ohio

    Terrorism is treason

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  • peyton from Colorado

    if any american joins a terrorist group, they should definitely not be let back in the us, they are basically committing treason.

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  • laney from South Carolina

    I don’t think they should be able to come back because they may still be associated with the terror organizations. If they are willing to betray their country to join a terrorist organization, where is the guarantee they will not betray their country again. They had a chance to show their loyalty and chose not to.

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    I don’t think they should be able to come back because they may still be associated with the terror organizations. If they are willing to betray their…

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  • David from North Carolina

    If you left to join a terrorist group which is known to cause chaos and harm to not only other Americans but citizens of the land they are occupying, you shouldn’t be allowed to come back to the U.S. and act like nothing has happened. By joining or attempting to join a group such as ISIS you are committing treason against the U.S. and if you were to be granted passage back into the country then you should be charge with such offense. Sure you may have your citizenship and other sorts of things but the moment you decided to side with the enemy was the moment you were no longer an American.

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    If you left to join a terrorist group which is known to cause chaos and harm to not only other Americans but citizens of the land they are occupying, …

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  • Dashiell from Missouri

    By joining a group that actively supports terrorism against the United States government, they have committed treason according to Article III, Section 3, Clause 3 of the United States Constitution: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.” Hoda Muthana actively adhered to enemies of the country; if she is to be given entry, it should be directly towards a Federal court, so she can be prosecuted, deemed guilty of treason, and put to death. Unfortunately, that opens up the can of worms over the debate of capital punishment. The whole affair is connected to multiple issues, not only treason and immigration.

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    By joining a group that actively supports terrorism against the United States government, they have committed treason according to Article III, Sectio…

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  • Camila from North Carolina

    These people have left their mother country to help a terrorist group who is constantly committing terrorist attacks. A person who has joined ISIS should not be allowed to enter back, they can collect information to give back to ISIS. They gave up their rights as American citizens once they joined ISIS.

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    These people have left their mother country to help a terrorist group who is constantly committing terrorist attacks. A person who has joined ISIS sho…

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  • Ronne from Oregon

    It should be pretty self-explanatory that those that traveled to join ISIS should not be able to go back to their home. Just the idea of leaving their country to join a terrorist organization should already explain why they should be ostracized by their old friends and country. They should pay for the horrendous acts that they supported. Even though one might have not actually done any of the acts, but knowingly supported the people that did is enough to know they aren’t safe to return and be respectable, and more importantly, loyal citizens.

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    It should be pretty self-explanatory that those that traveled to join ISIS should not be able to go back to their home. Just the idea of leaving their…

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  • Elizabeth from Florida

    I do not think that they should be allowed back into the country because they have already proven that they are inclined to these harmful and terrorist-minded ideals. Even if they now regret their decision, they have possibly gone through a terrorist groups training and “brain-washing”, an emotional abuse that is quite hard to simply forget for the person and for the U.S. government to simply neglect. Aside from the innocent, if this action was allowed once, it would open the gateway for spies and internal terrorists to more easily infiltrate the U.S. Leaving to join a terrorist group through free-will is simply in excusable and regretfully, the U.S. government holds the safety of its entire population over that of a single person.

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    I do not think that they should be allowed back into the country because they have already proven that they are inclined to these harmful and terroris…

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  • Breanna from California

    I personally think that these former U.S residents should not be allowed back to the U.S because they committed treason. Although some of those people could argue that they made a mistake in joining the terrorist group, they could still be holding onto their beliefs. And that group of people must have been really committed to their belief, that they would leave the US to be with terroist group in another country. So, no I don’t think they should be allowed back into the US.

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    I personally think that these former U.S residents should not be allowed back to the U.S because they committed treason. Although some of those people…

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  • Conner from Missouri

    Is this actually a question. No they should not be let in. They have defected their U.S. citizenship to be in a terrorist organization.I would not trust them

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  • Jacob from West Virginia

    Leaving the country to join a terrorist organization is considered aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States, which is viewed as treasonous in nature. As such, traitors waive all of their rights and privileges as American citizens.

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    Leaving the country to join a terrorist organization is considered aiding and abetting an enemy of the United States, which is viewed as treasonous in…

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  • Mallory from Alabama

    No absolutely not. They should have thought it through.

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  • Nick from Pennsylvania

    Absolutely not, the act of joining and supporting an organization that aims to harm Americans can not be an accident. These individuals made a choice to support hatred, violence, ignorance, and racism towards others. We do not tolerate or condone these traits from our own citizens. Why should we reward terrorists?

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    Absolutely not, the act of joining and supporting an organization that aims to harm Americans can not be an accident. These individuals made a choice …

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  • Zane from Colorado

    I cannot believe that this is even a question…

    People who have left the homeland to try and hurt it should not be allowed back in the United States. If we allowed them back in they would pose as a huge security threat and would have the ability to cause a lot of harm to our nation. To me, this would be like letting Osama Bin Laden come into the United States after 9/11. If we were to let this woman back into the U.S., they us tax payers would have to pay for her to sit and rot in jail. It is a waste of our security, resources, money, and time.

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    I cannot believe that this is even a question…

    People who have left the homeland to try and hurt it should not be allowed back in the United Stat…

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  • Emma from Colorado

    Former US residents shouldn’t be allowed to re-enter the US if they specifically left to join a terrorist group. There’s a difference between loving someone and moving to another country to marry someone who is in a terrirst group – you’re leaving for love and coming back realizing that maybe what you did wasn’t the right decision. If someone in the US decided to join a group that planned an attack on a building, knowing full well that they intended to help with this group and their plan, but last minute changed their mind, they should not be allowed back into society after being arrested. There’s just a lot of “but”s and “if”s surrounding this topic. With Muthana’s situation, if she is interrogated and truly left based off of love and realized after what ISIS was doing and didn’t agree with it, then she should be allowed back in. There has to be a process to examine if the person is safe or not though due to spies, treason, danger, etc.

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    Former US residents shouldn’t be allowed to re-enter the US if they specifically left to join a terrorist group. There’s a difference between loving s…

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  • Megan from New Jersey

    No, former United States residents who fought against their country with ISIS should not be allowed back to the United States. Article 3 Section 3 of the United States Constitution states, “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies…”. Joining ISIS is both levying war against the United States and adhering to its enemies. Joining ISIS is treasonous and traitors should not be allowed back into the country.

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    No, former United States residents who fought against their country with ISIS should not be allowed back to the United States. Article 3 Section 3 of …

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  • Rukaya from Arkansas

    People who left the country to join a terrorist group should not be allowed to come back into the country. I believe this because he or she knew what they were agreeing to when they left to join the terrorist group, so it would be unacceptable for them to be allowed to enter the country again and endanger the people living here.

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    People who left the country to join a terrorist group should not be allowed to come back into the country. I believe this because he or she knew what …

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  • Ethan from California

    The U.S. citizens who decide to go abroad to fight for terrorist causes, should absolutely not be allowed back into the country they worked against. That is something called “treason,” which is punishable by death. How do we know that those who have willingly fought against us, aren’t just coming back to infiltrate our society?

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    The U.S. citizens who decide to go abroad to fight for terrorist causes, should absolutely not be allowed back into the country they worked against. T…

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  • Whitney from Illinois

    I do not agree with former residents returning to the U.S. after joining ISIS. The United States has had many problems and altercations with ISIS in history. Allowing these people to come back may be risky. They could be plotting on us Americans and planning secret attacks again. They betrayed the U.S. military for a terrorist group that has attacked us nearly 10 -15 years ago. I don’t think it’s ideal to allow them back in America.

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    I do not agree with former residents returning to the U.S. after joining ISIS. The United States has had many problems and altercations with ISIS in h…

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  • Daniela from Nevada

    No, I believe that she shouldn’t be able to reenter the U.S because even though she left to marry someone it wasn’t right that he is an ISIS fighter while she was a Citizen from the area that the ISIS are targeting. Many people will have many concerns because they’ll be uneasy about the fact that they dont know her intentions that maybe she is only trying to come back in to the U.S to be the inside man in this case a woman.

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    No, I believe that she shouldn’t be able to reenter the U.S because even though she left to marry someone it wasn’t right that he is an ISIS fighter …

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  • Jakob from Connecticut

    Allowing an individual to re-enter the United States after he/she deserted the country to join a terrorist organization makes absolutely no sense. It is an obscene idea that I cannot believe someone would actually consider to be debatable. The declaration of allegiance to a foreign government that is engaged in hostilities with the U.S. is an expatriating act. Therefore, the individuals in question (terrorists) who have committed such an act have effectively forfeited their U.S. citizenship and are not entitled to the luxury of being sustained by the U.S. prison system. We cannot allow emotion-based arguments to obscure the truth that terrorism against the U.S. is inexcusable.

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    Allowing an individual to re-enter the United States after he/she deserted the country to join a terrorist organization makes absolutely no sense. It …

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  • Ayeon from California

    Why fill up U.S prisons with people who want to be there?
    They made the mistake of going to ISIS.

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  • Nicole from Oregon

    I do not think that they should be allowed to come back into the United States because they have, in fact, committed treason. Whether or not they actually killed American troops or carried out and acts while being members of the terrorist groups they joined, they still joined them, knowing the groups had the main goal of undermining America.

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    I do not think that they should be allowed to come back into the United States because they have, in fact, committed treason. Whether or not they act…

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  • Leifur from Colorado

    Those who leave our country and committ or support acts of treason shouldn’t be allowed back in because they present a very real security threat, plus they have obviously chosen their alleigance and shouldn’t be trusted again. Say you had a brother, Bob. One day, two strangers jump you and try to steal your wallet as you are taking a walk with Bob. You shout for help, but instead of helping you, Bob either watches the thugs steal your money, or helps them steal it. The next day, Bob comes by your house and asks if he could sleep there for the night. Would you trust Bob not to harm you or help others harm you?

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    Those who leave our country and committ or support acts of treason shouldn’t be allowed back in because they present a very real security threat, plus…

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  • Brendan from Michigan

    They have committed treason against our nation and it’s people. IS IS is a group that hates America. These people moved out of our great country based on beliefs of a terrorist group to a totally different country where they had nothing to join a group who wanted to kill America and it’s people. And now they want to come back like nothing happened? People don’t change like that, if last week they wanted to kill us all then this week nothing has changed.

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    They have committed treason against our nation and it’s people. IS IS is a group that hates America. These people moved out of our great country based…

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  • Aiden from District Of Columbia

    They left and joined a terrorist organization. They helped to kill people of their native country in awful ways. They committed treason and left their home country. They waived any rights they had as US citizens the moment they joined up with the terrorists.

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    They left and joined a terrorist organization. They helped to kill people of their native country in awful ways. They committed treason and left their…

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  • Thora from Colorado

    I do not think they should be allowed back because they initially left with the intention of bringing harm to our country and the lives of innocent people. When they come back, how are we to know that they won’t have the same harmful intentions? If this is the reason so many people are afraid to accept a large number of refugees, than why should Americans not be held at that same level?

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    I do not think they should be allowed back because they initially left with the intention of bringing harm to our country and the lives of innocent pe…

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  • victoria from Colorado

    I would be concerned that they would have an agenda for their return, so if we are concerned that they did leave for a terrorist group, we should heavily look into what they did while away and watch them as they are back in the U.S. If we don’t do any of that then we should not let them back in.

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    I would be concerned that they would have an agenda for their return, so if we are concerned that they did leave for a terrorist group, we should heav…

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  • Maura from Colorado

    I do not think so because there are so many other people that deserve to be in our country, for example immigrants that are on waiting lists. Also these people abandoned our country when they joined terrorist groups and gave up their right to be a citizen when doing so

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    I do not think so because there are so many other people that deserve to be in our country, for example immigrants that are on waiting lists. Also the…

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  • Rachael from Colorado

    No, they were a terrorist. Someone who’s beliefs are that, while others of the same belief aren’t allowed in, so why should they be?

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  • Claudia from Michigan

    I see both points of view, but I feel like I just have to stick to no.
    No, because of no matter the circumstances, you left to be with a terrorist group and that alone is a sin. You can’t just come back and pretend like everything is fine in the world when in reality, it’s not. You left for whatever reasons and you think that you can come back and start a new life when deep inside you know where you are, is wrong!

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    I see both points of view, but I feel like I just have to stick to no.
    No, because of no matter the circumstances, you left to be with a terrorist gr…

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    No, because they not only defected against the country for an extremist group, but their intentions have a fair chance of not being pure. They may remain in contact with a terrorist leader and have the ability to act as a worm and feed their group with vast amounts of information. The chance you take by letting a terrorist into the country is an immense risk that is not worth the payout. Look at the damage caused by terrorists. That could very well be the intention of the person seeking to return to the United States. Until the technology that can actually reveal thoughts and motives almost 100% correctly each time is developed, we can never truly be certain what they are truly seeking. They revoked their citizenship to oppose our nation. They became an enemy to our nation and could very well remain an enemy even on our soil. The risk is greater than the reward. Gain one citizen that could potentially disrupt and/or harm good, hard working citizens or don’t allow the problem to the chance to take root.

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    No, because they not only defected against the country for an extremist group, but their intentions have a fair chance of not being pure. They may rem…

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  • Marlee from Indiana

    No, because when join the terrorist group and leaving the country because of that, one would be renouncing their citizenship. This want to believe in different ideologies and participate in a different culture is ok, but when it evolves into something that could be potentially harmful one should show concern. This willingness to join such a known group definitely goes against what it means to be american. Re-joining doesn’t seem like an option when you probably know that what choice you’ve made is so terrible.

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    No, because when join the terrorist group and leaving the country because of that, one would be renouncing their citizenship. This want to believe in …

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  • Maguire from Kentucky

    Whether or not they have good intentions whilst coming back into the U.S. they still have connections within the terrorist group that they were/are associated with. This will only create problems within the U.S. as the terrorist is highly likely to have a negative reaction that the person left, and may try to create havoc in her life while back in the U.S. Even if the person is truthful that they did leave, the threat of the terrorist group finding connections into the U.S. through that person is also very likely.

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    Whether or not they have good intentions whilst coming back into the U.S. they still have connections within the terrorist group that they were/are as…

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  • Alexa from Kentucky

    No, I think once you leave the country to join a terrorist group, you are renouncing your citizenship and the right to come back. It is difficult to know their true intentions upon their return and I feel it is better to be safe than sorry. I think their children under a certain age should be allowed back because they should not be punished for their parent’s decision.

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  • Mason from Indiana

    NO, they should not be allowed to re-enter the country. If you leave the country that gives you the most freedom and join the opposing side, then you are considered a traitor. Nonetheless, that person joined a TERRORIST group, and I would not want a terrorist back in the country because who knows what their intentions are, and what they are thinking. It isn’t safe for any citizen of the U.S. if they come back. Also, it would seem as though the U.S. allows anyone to enter, and that’s not the case.

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    NO, they should not be allowed to re-enter the country. If you leave the country that gives you the most freedom and join the opposing side, then you …

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    No, because you left to join some terrorist. You could come back to the US with plans for attacking somewhere and someone. I think you don’t deserve to go back to the US. You left for a reason and that reason is to join some terrorist and that’s just sick and terrible. Who knows what they taught you. They could have brainwashed you. You never know.

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    No, because you left to join some terrorist. You could come back to the US with plans for attacking somewhere and someone. I think you don’t deserve t…

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  • hannah from Kentucky

    No, I do not think this should be allowed because in my opinion it is not safe to allow someone who has had so much power over a country back in after the fact they have joined a bad part of the world and have been involved with a group of terrorists. there are so many things wrong with allowing someone who has been apart of a terrorist group because they could be spying or doing other things they are hiding and giving our information out to the terrorists in another country. It is not right to allow a united states citizen back into our country after they have joined a group of terrorists and just decide to come back to our country. You have to think of the safety of everyone here and realize what could potentially happen if they do allow them to come back..

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    No, I do not think this should be allowed because in my opinion it is not safe to allow someone who has had so much power over a country back in after…

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  • Brennan from Kentucky

    No, because once they go off and leave the US and join a terrorist group they are stripped of their rights. They no longer have a say in the US and can no longer be apart of the US. It’s despicable to think people can actually do this in the first place.

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    No, because once they go off and leave the US and join a terrorist group they are stripped of their rights. They no longer have a say in the US and ca…

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  • Logan from Kentucky

    No, because if you leave the country to join a group that is currently plotting against and has acted in terrorism towards your country. The moment you join a terrorist group you give up your citizenship to the country you used to belong to.

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    No, because if you leave the country to join a group that is currently plotting against and has acted in terrorism towards your country. The moment yo…

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  • Danik from Colorado

    If they left to join the radical group then they already should know that they sealed their fate. It is impossible to know the intentions of someone in that situation which why I think that they shouldn’t be allowed back in.

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    If they left to join the radical group then they already should know that they sealed their fate. It is impossible to know the intentions of someone i…

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  • Brent from Kentucky

    No. I give a 100% answer that Hoda Muthana should not and should never be allowed back into the United States. According to the 18 U.S. Code § 2381. Hoda Muthana has committed treason for providing aid and support to the Islamic State, ISIS. Hoda Muthana joined ISIS in November 2014, by stealing her parents money that was supposed to be used for college tuition. She was married three times, has an 18 month old child, and wants to return to the United States. It infuriates me to see someone that helped our enemies in the middle east, and now expects to be let back “home” for herself and her child. Hoda Muthana should not be allowed back into the country, but her child should be considered to enter the United States. Her child has done nothing wrong and should be considered completely innocent. However, Hoda Muthana should not be even considered for a place back into the United States for her acts of treason against the United States and for assisting the enemies against the United States allies who are in the war on terrorism. And to emphasize greatly on why we should not let her into the United States is because of her statement on Twitter:

    “Americans wake up! Men and women altogether. You have much to do while you live under our greatest enemy, enough of your sleeping! Go on drivebys, and spill all of their blood, or rent a big truck and drive all over them. Veterans, Patriots, Memorial, etc day … Kill them.”
    – Source: The Guardian

    For Hoda Muthana, who wishes to come back as an “American” and at the same time wishes to kill our fellow American brothers and sisters, should never be considered to return. We can not know her true intentions, especially when she has endorsed the bloodshed of our fellow Americans.

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  • Robyn from Kentucky

    They should not be allowed to re-enter the U.S. because it poses a threat to national security and that person could try to recruit other terrorists. When the person left to join ISIS, they committed an act of treason and have shown that they do not value their citizenship of the U.S. Overall, if the U.S. were to allow these people to re-enter the country, it could have negative consequences that would put the lives of people throughout the nation at risk.

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  • Peyton from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that these people should be allowed to re-enter into the United States if they left to be a part of a terrorist group because they pose a serious security threat to many innocent people. Many acts of terrorism have caused so much damage and killed or injured a great number of men, women, and children in the past. For someone to willingly join a group that has caused so much pain, and destroyed so many lives, a person would have to be pretty radical, apathetic, and dangerous.

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    No, I do not believe that these people should be allowed to re-enter into the United States if they left to be a part of a terrorist group because the…

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  • Reese from Kentucky

    I think that if a United States citizen leaves the country and joins a terrorist group they do not deserve to come back to the United States. I would mainly be concerned about others safety in the United States. If a former US resident was coming back it would be fine but this resident has joined a group that puts others lives at risk. If the former resident was to come back they could possibly help their terrorist group within the country.

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  • Natalie from Kentucky

    I don’t think she should be allowed back in the US because after terrorist attacks such as 9/11, we know the hatred and threat Isis can hold. If the US allowed her to enter back into the country after she deliberately joined Isis, we would have to worry about her purpose and constantly have to be monitoring her to confirm she isn’t carrying out or planning to carry out any acts of terrorism. It is hard to confirm someone’s motives and without knowing why she joined Isis in the first place and is now wanting to come back, it is too big of a risk.

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    I don’t think she should be allowed back in the US because after terrorist attacks such as 9/11, we know the hatred and threat Isis can hold. If the …

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  • Audrey from Kentucky

    Due to previous experiences with terrorist groups, former U.S. citizens who join terrorist groups should not be allowed back into the United States. They pose as a threat to the United States and deserve no rights back into the country. The person knows what they are doing when they decide to join a terrorist group and they would know the consequences of that. If the U.S. let a terrorist back into the states just because they were a previous citizen, the government would infringe on the safety of all American citizens.

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    Due to previous experiences with terrorist groups, former U.S. citizens who join terrorist groups should not be allowed back into the United States. T…

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  • Madelyn from Kentucky

    Once a citizen leaves the country to join a terrorist group they are making a commitment to do whatever it takes to remain in that group, even if it meant going against their home country. They should lose all rights of a United States citizen and should not be able to return back since they are committing treason. Also, they could be a spy for that terrorist group and would end up revealing certain things about the United States which could cause them to attack us.

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  • Mitchell from Kentucky

    No they should not because they have entered into the country again but since they have joined a terrorist group. This means the group could have implanted their actions in the person. Also they could have put devices in her or her possessions that allow access into the US without being here. Finally this is treason, leaving our country to go join a group that wants to hurt us, then try to come back. NOOOOO WAYYYYYY SISTERRRRRRRRRR

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    No they should not because they have entered into the country again but since they have joined a terrorist group. This means the group could have imp…

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  • Sydney from Kentucky

    No they should not be allowed to come back to the US because that person could then be used as a spy for the terrorist group and greatly hurt the US in the process. They could give the terrorist group information that the US is keeping secret and they could smuggle things over from where the terrorist group is from. That person could also find ways to weaken our defense and then the people of the US could be attacked from that.

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    No they should not be allowed to come back to the US because that person could then be used as a spy for the terrorist group and greatly hurt the US i…

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  • Laddie from Montana

    If you leave to join a terrorist group then can’t get back into the US that’s your problem. Seriously, people need to think about the consequences of the choices they are going to make. Joining terrorist automatically puts you on the “bad” list so if you end up doing it anyway then that’s the direction that you decided to go.

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    If you leave to join a terrorist group then can’t get back into the US that’s your problem. Seriously, people need to think about the consequences of …

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  • Klara from Montana

    If they have sworn allegiance to a terrorist group, they have already publicly demonstrated their choice between their country and a life of terrorism. Anyone claiming to have reclaimed their previous statements of allegiance to a terrorist group should be willing to be subjected to a trial for terrorism or conspiracy with a terrorist if not treason. If they are innocent, they will be proven so in court.

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  • Branson from Montana

    Treason

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  • brayden from Montana

    no becuse it is literal treason you join a terrorist group to fight us and now you want back NO!

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  • Eden from Michigan

    No, I don’t think they should be able to re-enter the U.S.. It could risk betrayal and treason to our country if the former terrorists decide to start terrorizing again. Plus it was their choice to join a terrorist group in the first place, they should know the consequences to their actions, such as not being able to re-enter their own home country.

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  • Drew from Michigan

    I say no because when or if they come back into the US it could cause another thing to happen like 9/11

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  • Jax from Michigan

    If you think about it, these people left to join a terrorist group. Why would anyone want to join a terrorist group if they are not a terrorist. If they are even remotely like a terrorist, they should not be allowed to come back

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  • jeff from Michigan

    I don’t think they should be aloud to come back into america because they could become some sort of spy for remaining ISIS solders and that could be bad but I highly doubt that would happen but you can never be too careful

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    • Victoria from Colorado

      What if once they stepped foot in the U.S. they were tried for what they have done and for all of their wrongs. Which would mean they would most likely go to jail and they can have the opportunity to change themselves and give time for redemption.

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    • Charlize from Colorado

      I agree, it is a safety hazard and even if it is a low chance that they are a spy or a threat, they joined a group that has been notably a terrorist group that targets the U.S. and it would be illogical and unsafe to let them in. It is an act of treason that should not be accepted.

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    • Lainey from Colorado

      I totally agree and its so difficult to regulate who is a terrorist and who isn’t. Chances are if they are a terrorist they aren’t gonna be open about it and do anything they can to enter America. I think if they can provide evidence that they have no terrorist afiliations they should be allowed back in though.

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      I totally agree and its so difficult to regulate who is a terrorist and who isn’t. Chances are if they are a terrorist they aren’t gonna be open abou…

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    • Jonathan from Indiana

      They shouldn’t be able to come back because they betrayed their home terf, it could possibly lead to another terrorist attack, and they could spy on us and report it back to ISIS. We can’t risk it because we do not know what their true intentions are and many Americans lives can be at stake.

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    • Aaron from Washington

      I agree that we should be cautious of her motives for returning to the US. However, how will she face true justice for her crimes unless she is permitted back into the US, not to become a free citizen, but to stand trial for what she has done.

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    • Zane from Colorado

      I think that there is a good chance for them to be some sort of spy. The men who hijacked the plans on 9/11 seemed like normal citizens and we had no idea. We should be shooting ourselves in the foot if we let her in.

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  • Dylan from Colorado

    They are literally committing treason

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    • Caleb from Florida

      Article 3 of the Constitution.

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    • Ryan from Colorado

      Exactly dude!!! That’s what I said

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    • peyton from Colorado

      basically!

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    • Aaron from Washington

      That is precisely why we need to allow her to return to the US. Not so she can resume her life as if nothing happened, but justice can be served.

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    • Caleb from North Carolina

      haha, my exact thought

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    • Ian from Colorado

      I agree with this statement

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  • Emmalee from Illinois

    No because she might kill Innocent American lives. It’s not right to let someone in our country who might hurt us. Do you really want to risk your fellow Americans lives. But if she can prove she is loyal to America she can live here as long as she is.

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    No because she might kill Innocent American lives. It’s not right to let someone in our country who might hurt us. Do you really want to risk your f…

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    • Kevin from Colorado

      I agree, there is no indication that she remains loyal to America, and right now, no way to prove it. She left for a reason, and clearly liked the ideals of ISIS better than those of the US.

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      I agree, there is no indication that she remains loyal to America, and right now, no way to prove it. She left for a reason, and clearly liked the ide…

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    • Kelsie from Colorado

      I completely agree with you. Treason is a crime and should not be taken lightly.

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    • Kira from Colorado

      I agree however how are you able to tell or trust what they say? they could be lying or trying to come back and hurt.

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Letting a former US citizen that left this country to join an organization that specifically wants to destroy this nation should not be allowed to come back for many reasons. This person has clearly shone that they do not like where they came from and specifically joined a organization whose mission is to hurt the people of this land, many of them innocent citizens. The fact that this person wants to come back just because the conditions are horrid at the moment just shows that she was not with the organizations cause strongly, why let her escape the consequences of her actions. There is no room in any country for such betrayal and even though we are a democracy, we do not give rights to traitors who have abused their privileges. Letting such a shifty character into the prison system is also a bad idea, it could lead to a revolt if she manages to at her followers. Even though she claims she will go through the whole court process, she does not deserve that process anymore, she has made her choice of what she believes. People that want to go back into the US after joining terroists organizations should not think of going to their home country again, some things cannot be forgiven for the better of everyone.

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    • Deja from California

      You can’t judge people on how they see the world but you also have to remember that people change. Let’s add a little history shall we. So in 1963 White- Americans specifically wanted to hurt African- Americans. That changed and know we are all living in harmony. So you can’t sit here and say that she specifically wanted to hurt Americans without looking at it from a different point of view. My argument is the fact that you can’t deny somebody access to their home country. She did what she thought was right at that time. Who’s to say she hasn’t had a change of heart? Who’s to say that she been wanted to come back but couldn’t due to unknown circumstances? Although it does state that they want to return because of land loss, we never know until she is heard and understood. We never know until we hear both sides of the story.

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