The GOP co-authors of the immigration reform effort that is bipartisan, denounced suggestions from conservatives on Friday that the Boston marathon bombings were evidence that the U.S. should stop the proposed sweeping overhaul of its immigration laws.
On Friday, federal authorities announced that two brothers were suspected in the Boston bombings. The brothers are originally from Chechnya and came to the U.S. as refugees about a decade ago. The two had been living in Kyrgyzstan a republic in Central Asia and were not allowed to resettle in their war torn homeland.
The family was given visas for the U.S. under the provisions of protecting migrants from ethnic, religious or political persecution.
These revelations caused conservative critics of the immigration reform to cast a cloud of doubt over the sweeping reform bill of 844 pages.
On Friday, during a Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa questioned whether lawmakers were moving forward too quickly on the proposal.
Conservative radio hosts and bloggers made arguments of a similar nature after the authorities identified the two suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The older brother Tamerlan was killed in a gunfight early Friday morning and his brother was apprehended by police Friday evening.
One conservative radio talk show host said the Senate’s new amnesty plan was now dead on arrival. However, a number of Republican senators in support of the reform proposal acted quickly to rebut their conservative opponents.
The battle for this immigration reform proposal has just begun and will be debated for months to come on Capitol Hill.