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