The Boston Marathon Attack and Immigration Reform

Posted on May 7, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Scott Orr

sen.8.immigrationThe Boston Marathon bombing has awakened Americans to the deadly potential of killers in our midst, an undefined and unrelated segment of the American underground that may be quietly radicalized and preparing to attack.

There is a certain feeling of helplessness here, when you consider the ease with which Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were able to construct and deploy the deadly bombs that shattered the calm of one of America’s premiere sporting events.

In seeking answers, some are looking to immigration reform as a way to prevent foreigners from gaining U.S. citizenship.

Just look at the latest Quinnipiac poll on the subject. Support for giving immigrants who entered the country illegally a path to citizenship has dropped from 59 percent to 52 percent since the attack.

Here’s the shocking part, nearly one in four Americans believe allowing immigrants a path to citizenship will lead to more terrorism.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came to the United States in 2002 and were granted asylum. While Tamerlan was a legal resident, Dzhokhar became a U.S. citizen in 2012.

Some of those involved in the ongoing immigration debate on Capitol Hill are yanking the reins insisting that the bombing casts a new light on the issue that must be considered.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), for example, urged lawmakers not to rush ahead without giving due consideration to the issues raised by the Boston bombings. He made the remarks during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Later, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), one of the so-called gang-of-eight who have unveiled a sweeping immigration reform proposal, said he believes the bombing should make immigration reform even more critical.

“What happened in Boston…I think should urge us to act quickly, not slower, when it comes to getting the 11 million [illegal immigrants living in the U.S.] identified,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y), another backer of reform, agreed: “We are not going to let them use what happened in Boston as an excuse, because our law toughens things up,” Schumer said on the same show.

Immigration reform is still on the table and whether the Boston attacks move it forward faster, or slow it down, terrorism will certainly be a part of the debate.

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