Schumer, Graham Battle to Save Immigration Bill After Boston Terror
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Two senators who have been pushing for comprehensive immigration reform defended their efforts on Sunday, after last week’s Boston Marathon terror saga provoked new challenges for their new bill.
Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), both members of the “Gang of Eight” that drafted the 844-page bill, both appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday with Candy Crowley to defend their legislation. The fact that the brothers who carried out the attack, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, were granted asylum in the United States triggered debate in the Senate Judiciary Committee this week over the wisdom of liberalizing American immigration laws, given renewed concerns about terrorist infiltration.
On Sunday, Crowley asked Sen. Graham whether he would consider any amendments to the bill as a result of new security concerns. His response was that granting legal status to illegal immigrants would itself enable better monitoring of who they were, where they came from and why they had come.