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“Home”-Grown

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, who shot five American military personnel to death at the Armed Forces Career Center in Chattanooga on July 16 and was subsequently killed in a firefight with the police, became a naturalized American citizen while still a minor, seven years after his parents immigrated to the United States in 1996.  According to the Washington Post, the couple described themselves as “natives of the ‘State of Palestine’” in their divorce papers; according to Jordan, however, their son also had Jordanian citizenship, which he maintained after becoming a U.S. citizen in 2003.  Investigations conducted after the murders revealed that the parents lived strictly in accordance with Muslim tradition and observance, and that a number of years ago Abdulazeez Sr. was placed on an investigative watch list from which he was removed only after suspicions that he had contributed money to what was possibly a terrorist front group could not be proved.

Muhammad Jr. traveled from the United States to Jordan five times and to Kuwait once, in 2008.  In April 2015 he was arrested on a drunk-driving charge—another statistic from Ann Coulter’s researches, another face to personalize Donald Trump’s recent generalizations regarding immigrants to America from the Third World.  No one disputes the facts that Muhammad Youssef, not long before the attack, had downloaded videos...

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