Sweet Home Alabama (and Syria): A terrorist bride returns from war

Citizenship matters, and the case of Hoda Muthana demonstrates the great lengths parents are willing to go to ensure a better future for their children. U.S. citizenship is valuable for many reasons such as ease of travel into and out of most countries. Once citizenship is granted, it cannot and should not be easily stripped away. National security threats are real and should be addressed, but passport and citizenship revocation should require additional scrutiny involving a thoughtful, nuanced, and holistic approach on the part of the United States government. A comprehensive solution requires willing cooperation among all three branches of government, but this has been elusive. This article details the case of a “terrorist bride” and analyzes some of the issues involved including potential terrorism charges, dual nationality, birthright citizenship, and denaturalization. Big issues like immigration affect everyone and require a robust public  debate and buy-in from the electorate. The complete article can be found here:

20190515 NSJ – Sweet Home Alabama (and Syria) – A terrorist bride returns from war (Newbold)

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Mr. Newbold has been working in the national security field since 2003 and has been an IAPP-certified privacy professional since 2007. He holds a JD from Regent University, an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and an LL.M. in National Security Law from Georgetown University Law Center. Mr. Newbold is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Public Policy with a focus on National Security Studies. He has contributed to several national-level documents and participates in a number of public policy-related working groups.

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