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Case Name Muthana v. Pompeo IM-DC-0061
Docket / Court 1:19-cv-00445 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
Case Summary
On February 21, 2019, a former Yemeni diplomat filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr in their official capacities under the Declaratory Judgement and ... read more >
On February 21, 2019, a former Yemeni diplomat filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr in their official capacities under the Declaratory Judgement and Mandamus Acts for violations of the Fourteenth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process. Represented by the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America, the plaintiff sought declaratory, injunctive, and mandamus relief that the U.S. use good faith efforts to ensure his daughter's safe return to the country.

The plaintiff sought to prevent the federal government from depriving his daughter, Hoda Muthana, of her citizenship and to require the government to allow her to return to the country. His U.S.-born daughter and his grandson were located at Camp Roj in Syria. The plaintiff claimed that the U.S.'s failure to use reasonable efforts to facilitate the return of his daughter and grandson as obligated under both the Constitution and the Fourth Geneva Convention would cause immediate and irreparable harm. He brought this action as the next friend of his daughter and grandchild. However, the defendants argued that the children were no longer U.S. citizens, had joined ISIS, and were barred from reentry.

The plaintiff had also requested expedited consideration of his claims. On March 4, 2019, the Court held a hearing on the plaintiff’s request and denied expedited treatment.

The defendant filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and an added motion for partial summary judgment on April, 26 2019 on the grounds that the plaintiff lacked standing as next friend of his daughter and grandson. The Defendant’s move in the alternative for summary judgment on these claims based on the undisputed facts and the attached Department of State certification and contemporaneous underlying official records.

The case is still ongoing and has had no additional activity since May 2019 as of October 2019.

Nelius Wanjohi - 10/03/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Immigration status
General
International law
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Immigration/Border
Asylum - procedure
U.S. citizenship - losing
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Mandamus, 28 U.S.C. § 1361
Defendant(s) Attorney General
President of the United States
Secretary of State
Plaintiff Description A former diplomat living in the United States filing on behalf of his daughter and grandson.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:19-cv-00445 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0061-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/17/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Expedited Complaint for Declaratory Judgment, Injunctive Relief and Petition for Writ of Mandamus [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0061-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Dismiss or, in the Alternative, for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 19]
IM-DC-0061-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/26/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative Motion for Partial Summary Judgment [ECF# 24]
IM-DC-0061-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/10/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Walton, Reggie B. (FISC, D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Jump, Christina A (Texas) show/hide docs
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Swift, Charles Davidson (Texas) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0061-0001 | IM-DC-0061-0003 | IM-DC-0061-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carilli, Joseph F. Jr. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0061-0002 | IM-DC-0061-9000
Stewart, Scott Grant (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Axelrod, Julie B. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Eastman, John C. (California) show/hide docs
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Hajec, Christopher J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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