Rubio: Boston Bombings Should Be Addressed In Immigration Reform Debate

While maintaing that the Boston Marathon bombings should not halt the emerging debate over immigraiton reform, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement Monday saying the deadly blasts and enusing manhunt of the suspects must be addressed if “there are flaws in our immigration system that were exposed by the attack.”

“I disagree with those who say that the terrorist attack in Boston has no bearing on the immigration debate. Any immigration reform we pursue should make our country safer and more secure. If there are flaws in our immigration system that were exposed by the attack in Boston, any immigration reform passed by Congress this year should address those flaws. Congress needs time to conduct more hearings and investigate how our immigration and national security systems could be improved going forward.


“The attack reinforces why immigration reform should be a lengthy, open and transparent process, so that we can ask and answer important questions surrounding every facet of the bill. But we still have a broken system that needs to be fixed.”


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