The Dutch publication Trouw (thanks to Ruben) reports that State Department official Robert Zoelick has declared in a press conference in The Hague that Ayaan Hirsi Ali will be welcome in the States whether or not she keeps her Dutch nationality.
I am glad to see the State Department standing up for Hirsi Ali while Holland rushes headlong into dhimmitude and appeasement.
UPDATE: And here is a Reuters story in English (thanks to Mackie):
THE HAGUE (Reuters) – A Somali-born lawmaker who may lose her Dutch citizenship because she lied on her asylum application is welcome to move to the United States, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick said on Thursday.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of Islam, said earlier this week she was resigning and leaving the Netherlands after Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk, a member of her own VVD liberal party, told her she might lose her Dutch passport.
Hirsi Ali has been offered a job by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington-based think tank, and according to media reports had been in negotiations with two other U.S. institutes.
Zoellick, on a visit to the Netherlands, told journalists Hirsi Ali would be admitted to his country.
“The government of the Netherlands is still discussing her ultimate status and that is … for the Netherlands to determine along the way, but she is obviously welcome to the United States,” Zoellick said.
He added that if she did move to the United States her status would depend on decisions taken by the Dutch government and that her special security needs would be attended to.
“I am not going to comment on specific security matters but obviously she needs to be taken care of,” Zoellick said.