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Too early to grant amnesty to ISIS bride

This undated image provided by attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online.
This undated image provided by attorney Hassan Shibly shows Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who left home to join the Islamic State after becoming radicalized online. (Hassan Shibly via AP)

K. Ward Cummings makes valid points about the treatment of the enemies of the United States being different based on the color of their skin. Everyone should read his opinion piece in which he points out that the U.S. gave complete amnesty to actual enemy combatants, the soldiers of the Confederacy after the Civil War, who were white and won't give amnesty to a young American woman who went to Syria and married an enemy combatant who, apparently, isn't quite white (“Putting the American ISIS bride into context of the Confederacy,” Feb. 25).

The point that Mr. Cummings ignored is that after the Civil War, despite some rumblings that "the South shall rise again," the Civil War was over, and nobody actually thought that the Civil War would actually start again.

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In the case of the war against ISIS, the war is still going on. If someone who essentially renounced her U.S. citizenship by joining an enemy group that was openly working on taking over the entire world by force of arms and which is still trying, despite setbacks, to do just that, then the time for amnesty has not yet arrived.

At this time, when the war with ISIS is still going on, the only way for an ISIS citizen to become a valid U.S. resident should be to offer some useful intelligence to help us win the war with ISIS sooner and with less bloodshed.

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Henry Farkas, Pikesville

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