Immigration Bill Taken Up by Senate Judiciary Committee

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., flanked by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, speaks as immigration reform legislation by the Senate’s bipartisan “Gang of Eight” that would create a path for the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship, Thursday, April 18, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The aftermath of the bombing tragedy during the Boston Marathon was ever-
present Friday during the start of debate to move forward with legislation necessary
to formulate a U.S. Immigration system. This was the first hearing for the drafters
of the new immigration bill held its first hearing Friday before the Senate Judiciary

Although there were no suggestions that the two suspects entered the U.S. illegally,
a number of Republicans argue that the actions of the two immigrant bombing
suspects raise questions about current gaps in our immigration system. Meanwhile,
the authors of the bill argue that their legislation would improve U.S. national
security because the estimated 11 million people currently living here illegally
would have to come forward and subject themselves to a background check.

Nevertheless, a group of Republicans presented the events in Boston to raise
questions about the existing immigration system and certain changes being
proposed in the new bill. Supporters in Washington are now taking a step back and
reevaluation their stance.

Many view the Boston Marathon attacks as a potential set back to a much
anticipated immigration reform. The challenge is the far-reaching task of getting the
immigration bill from the House to the Senate and lastly in front of the President.

“Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and
loopholes in our immigration system,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the Judiciary
Committee’s senior Republican.

Other against the reform went even further.

“It’s too bad Suspect No. 1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now,”
conservative commentator Ann Coulter wrote on her Twitter account, after one
of the suspects was killed in a firefight. Rubio, a Florida Republican, is one of the
principle Senate authors of the legislation.

Supporters argued the opposite.

Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina
released the following statement, “Some have already suggested that the
circumstances of this terrible tragedy are justification for delaying or stopping
entirely the effort for comprehensive immigration reform. In fact the opposite is
true,” McCain and Graham said. “Immigration reform will strengthen our nation’s
security by helping us identify exactly who has entered our country and who has left
– a basic function of government that our broken immigration system is incapable of
accomplishing today.”

Despite the recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon, we anticipate a positive outcome
coming out of Congress. We look forward to assisting you in preparing yourself in
advance. As a leading Atlanta immigration law firm, contact us with any questions or concerns
you may have.