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Grassley Relates Immigration Reform to Massachusetts Violence

Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) related the horrific violence in Boston this week to immigration legislation today.

We appreciate this opportunity to talk about immigration reform in light of all that has been happening in Massachusetts,” Grassley said in his opening statement in today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the immigration legislation.

“Given the events of this week, it’s important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system,” Grassley remarked later on in his opening comments. “While we don’t yet know the immigration status of the people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system.  How can individuals evade authorities and plan such attacks on our soil?  How can we beef up security checks on people who wish to enter the U.S.?  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?”

The two men believed to be behind the attacks, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, both immigrated to the United States when still minors.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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