Democratic Senators Rebuke Attempt to “Exploit” Boston Bombing


(L-R) Committee chairman U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) talks to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) prior to a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee April 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Sources say that the tragic bombing attack of the Boston Marathon has picked up
“mild momentum” among members of Congress. Some lawmakers believe the attack
to the be a sign that Congress should slow down on its attempts to finalize a reform
while other lawmakers said on Monday that the connection between the bombing
suspects and immigration reform should be “put to rest.”

One of the supporters that Congress moves forward with the reform is Patrick Leahy
(D-Vt.), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Leahy explained that a vast
majority of asylum-seekers and refugees in the U.S. make a positive contribution to
the economy and society a like.

In addition, Leahy stated that the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” immigration proposal
would strengthen border security and interior enforcement, which may help
identify “those who would do us harm” in the future.

Leahy also seemed to have made an attack on a comment made earlier by Sen.
Chuck Grassley. “Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the acts of two young men
last week to derail the dreams and futures of millions of hardworking people,”
Leahy said.

Grassley defended himself by saying that immigration is reviewed every 25 years
and thus he wants to make sure that every base is covered.

Another high-profile GOP Senator linking the bombing to the immigration debate is
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) Paul supports legalizing undocumented immigrants. “The facts
emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current
system,” he wrote. “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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