A tale of two Pauls: Rand Paul and Paul Ryan differ on immigration reform in wake of Boston Marathon bombings


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Two top Washington Republicans agree that the nation’s “broken immigration system” in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, but are divided on how to go about it.

Both Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) referenced last week’s bombings to address pertinent questions on national security Monday. While Paul argued that the bombings should be used to stall the debate on immigration reform, Ryan pointed to last week’s tragedy as a reason to push through legislation.

Paul argued that Congress “should not proceed” on immigration reform until “we understand the specific failures of our immigration system in a letter written to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)

“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?” Paul wrote in his letter.



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