Convening the Senate Judiciary Committee for its second hearing on immigration reform, committee chairman Patrick Leahy, D-VT., on Monday urged his Senate colleagues to stop using the Boston Marathon bombings as an excuse to slow down immigration reform.
“Last week opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon,” he said at the beginning of the hearing. “I urge restraint in that regard.”
The bombing suspects, brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, were Chechen immigrants. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old taken into custody on Friday, came to the United States in 2002 with his father and applied for political asylum. He gained lawful resident status in February 2007 and became a U.S. citizen on Sept. 11, 2012. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout with police last week, had applied for citizenship status but his application was delayed.
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