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Immigrant of the day: Kwame james - terrorist fighter

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Thanks to Richard Reid, we all have the extra task of removing our shoes when we go through security at airports. The "shoe bomber" from England tried to set off a bomb hidden in his shoes ten years ago, but thanks in part to Canadian born, Trinidad raised Kwame James, Reid was unable to carry out his plan. James, at 6 foot 8 inches, was then a 22 year old basketball player. An astute flight attendant woke James up and got him to help subdue Reid.

Both Reid and James were in the news this week, though for very different reasons. Reid's attempt at terrorism was brought back in to the headlines when a Qatari diplomat on a flight from DC to Denver decided to be obnoxious and joked that his smoking illegally in the bathroom was really an attempt to set his shoe on fire, a clear reference to Reid's act. As the David Spade flight attendant character used to say on Saturday Night Live in the 90s, "Buh Bye". Enjoy your life back in Qatar since you'll never have a post in the US again.

James was in the news for a happier reason. He was sworn in this week as a US citizen.

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    Congrats to James. But why 10 long years?

    There has to be some special fast-track program to US Citizenship for people like him.

    In my opinion, people like him are more American than a few Americans (I'm thinking American-born terrorists here and the militias).

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