Senators spar over Boston bombing tie to immigration reform
Republican senators want debate on the proposed immigration reform bill stopped in light of the Boston Marathon bombing by suspected Chechen men, but Democrats say the attack should not be tied to the measure.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) Monday called for scrutiny of the asylum program as the attack exposed a weakness in the system. He was referring to the entry of the foreign suspects into the country after their parents were granted political asylum.
“We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system,” Rand told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a letter, according to Washington Times.
Paul specifically wanted to know the status of the entry-exit system, student visas and the refugee system. He also suggested that national security concerns should be incorporated into an immigration bill.