Opposition was heard today at the second Senate hearing on the Gang of 8’s immigration bill.
Gang of 8 member Senator Schumer (D-NY) made reference to opponents who are using the Boston bombing as a reason for delay:
“The terrible tragedy in Boston, as I would say , an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months or years.”
The top Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) angrily shouted: “I never said that. I didn’t say anything about delaying the bill.”
On Friday Grassley suggested the Boston bombing investigations would help the Senate decide on how to reform the U.S. immigration system.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) urged his colleagues to not use the Boston Marathon bombing to slow down immigration reform. The bombing suspect have been identified as lawful immigrants: One a citizen and the other a lawful permanent resident.
Leahy has promised a full debate on immigration.
“Let no one be so cruel as to try to use the heinous acts of these two young men last week to derail the dreams and futures of millions of hardworking people,” said Leahy.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky released a letter today addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). He made the following statement:
“We should not proceed until we understand the specific failures of our immigration system. Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism?”
Changes to the immigration bill will begin on the first of May. The bill includes a 13-year pathway to U.S. citizenship for undocumented immigrants in the United States, more visas for foreign wokers and new measures to further secure the border.
The Gang of 8, a bipartisan group of senators, spent months coming up with a bill they all agreed on.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants