WASHINGTON, D.C. (WIAT) – The Boston Marathon bombings have now become part of the debate that centers on immigration reform.
Some republicans have suggested delaying a comprehensive bill to more closely examine national security after the bombings.
The suspects immigrated legally to the United States more than a decade ago.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified that federal authorities knew the older brother, Tamerlan, left for Russia in January of 2012.
However, the system did not note his return six months later.
Some conservative groups are looking at the Boston bombings as a way to improve the bill.
“It should not be an excuse to not pass immigration reform,” Jennifer Korn of the Hispanic Leadership Network said. “It should be a reason why we should look at it and go, ‘Is there anything else we can do to fix the laws we have and ensure that something like Boston doesn’t happen again?’”
The proposed immigration bill offers a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million illegal immigrants and puts billions more dollars into border security.
Several lawmakers already oppose the bill because the path to citizenship is a part of it.
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