Kentucky Senator Rand Paul(R) sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insisting that national immigration security measures be evaluated, tightened and added to if necessary in response to the recent bombings in Boston. Comprehensive immigration reform was moving to the forefront of senate debates recently, but the current state of affairs in Boston has made many officials wary of proceeding until public sentiment and any possible backlash over the nationality and immigration status of the two alleged bombers, both ethnic Chechens who immigrated here legally, has had time to wane.
Quote Paul’s letter to Reid (read the entire letter here): “The facts emerging in the Boston Marathon bombing have exposed a weakness in our current system. Before Congress moves forward, some important national security questions must be addressed. If we don’t use this debate as an opportunity to fix flaws in our current system, flaws made even more evident last week, then we will not be doing our jobs. Why did the current system allow two individuals to immigrate to the United States from the Chechen Republic in Russia, an area known as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, who then committed acts of terrorism? Were there any safeguards? Could this have been prevented? Does the immigration reform before us address this?”
The rookie Senator has urged his constituents to support heightened security for individuals coming to the U.S. from high-risk parts of the world.