Immigration Reform Debate Politicizes The Boston Bombing Investigation

Patrick Frye - Author

Aug. 23 2017, Updated 1:35 a.m. ET

The Immigration Reform debate has been politicizing the Boston bombing investigation.

Rand Paul believe the Boston bombing investigation may reveal flaws in the current immigration system:

“I believe that any real comprehensive immigration reform must implement strong national security protections. The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs.”

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Paul Ryan (R-WI) also says the immigration reform bill should address the Boston bombing, saying, “We have a broken immigration system and, if anything, what we see in Boston is that we have to fix and modernize our immigration system for lots of reasons.”

The Boston bombing investigation actually already has delayed the immigration reform debate. Janet Napolitano, the secretary of Homeland Security, was set to testify last week on the new immigration proposal but she was delayed until today.

On the other side of the fence, Senator Charles Schumer (D-N) is also using the Boston bombing investigation to politicize the immigration reform debate:

“I say that particularly those who are pointing to what happened, the terrible tragedy in Boston as, I would say an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it.”

Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is also accusing Republicans of trying to “exploit” the Boston Marathon bombings on order to delay or stop the proceedings.

The target of this comment, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), took offense, claiming, “I never said that!” What Grassley actually said was:

“Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system. … How can individuals evade authority and plan such attacks on our soil? How can we beef up security checks on people who wish to enter the United States? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?”

What do you think about the immigration reform debate politicizing the Boston bombing investigation?


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