Leading Republican Paul Ryan comes out in favor of immigration reform despite Boston attacks
Top Dem Senator Leahy warns GOP in senate not to block bill because of bombing
Former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has come out strongly in favor of immigration reform and says the Boston bombings have convinced him even more the system is broken.
“We have a broken immigration system and, if anything, what we see in Boston is that we have to fix and modernize our immigration system for lots of reasons,” Ryan told reporters in Chicago where he appeared with Democratic immigration advocate Congressman Luis Gutierrez
“National security reasons, economic security reasons. For all those reasons we need to fix our broken immigration system,” Ryan stated
Ryan outlined his five principles on immigration; a pathway to legalization, an expedited pathway for children, securing borders, enforcement of laws and allowing legal immigration.
Ryan said, “It’s high time we fix this broken system,. We all must acknowledge that we have an immigration system that’s broken. It is not serving our interest as a nation. Our broken immigration system does not serve our national security interests. Our broken immigration system does not serve our economic security interests. Our broken immigration system does not serve our family interests. And so, when Republicans and Democrats look at this situation and see something that’s broken, we need to fix it.”
Meanwhile back in Washington tempers flared during a Senate hearing over immigration reform on Monday when Senator Chuck Schumer of New York suggested the Boston bombings were being used as "an excuse" to slow down or stop the bill, which could put the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants on a path to citizenship.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa suggested last week that the Boston bombs raised questions about the U.S. immigration system that should be examined in the context of the new bill, reports the Boston Herald.
During the first hearing last Friday, the Boston Marathon bombings cast a shadow over the proceedings. The attacks were carried out by two Chechen immigrant brothers who came here legally, one of whom was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman used part of his opening statement to chastise those who would link the bombings to the legislation.
"Late last week opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon bombing," Leahy said at the second Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Monday.
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