When it emerged that the suspects in the Boston Marathon explosions were immigrants of Chechen ancestry, journalist Roger Simon tweeted: “Unfair as it may be, I think liberalizing our immigration laws just suffered a setback.”
It’s too early to call Simon a prophet, but within a few hours, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) was musing about a connection between Boston and immigration.
"Given the events of this week, it's important for us to understand the gaps and loopholes in our immigration system," Grassley said. “While we don't yet know the immigration status of the people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system.”
Grassley continued: "How can individuals evade authorities and plan such attacks on our soil? How can we beef up security checks on people who wish to enter the U.S.? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?"