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The suit, filed in a Washington, D. Hoda Muthana left Hoover, Ala. She married, in succession, three Islamic State soldiers and has a toddler son. She served as a propagandist for the terrorist group, encouraging supporters to attack the U. Muthana says she surrendered with her son last month to the coalition fighting ISIS and is being held in a detainee camp in northeastern Syria. She said she regrets joining the terrorist group and wants to come home to the U. The lawsuit states that Muthana "is prepared and willing to surrender to any charges the United States Justice Department finds appropriate and necessary.
In one case, a year-old man applied for admission for a year-old girl. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old. And in weighing petitions, U. The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.
A mail-order bride is a woman who lists herself in catalogs and is selected by a man for marriage. In the twentieth century, the trend was primarily towards women living in developing countries seeking men in more developed nations. In the twenty-first century, the trend is now based primarily on internet-based meeting places which do not per se qualify as mail-order bride services. The majority of the women listed in the twentieth-century and twenty-first-century services are from Southeast Asia , countries of the former Eastern Bloc and to a lesser extent from Latin America.