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Immigration Reform Delayed due to Boston bombing?

By Rosa Duarte, Reporter, RDuarte@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 23 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 23 2013 10:41:25 PM CDT

The immigration reform legislation introduced last week on the Senate floor is now under more scrutiny than ever given how the two men ID'd in last week's bombings first entered into the country with their father years ago.

The immigration reform legislation introduced last week on the Senate floor is now under more scrutiny than ever given how the two men ID'd in last week's bombings first entered into the country with their father years ago.

"Yesterday we heard testimony that the immigration bill would weaken asylum law. Asylum fraud is a serious problem. Courts are clogged with asylum cases and it is no secret that terrorists are trying to exploit this system" said U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) during a hearing on immigration reform.

Juan Carmona, a member of the Grupo de Apoyo, a support group for Hispanic immigrants in Allentown and a legalized citizen from Peru agreed that a closer look at asylum cases is needed but he said “I hope the magnifying glass they use is of the best quality because there are many people who cannot be measured by the same standards just because of what has happened. That just wouldn't be fair.”

Tuesday night Grupo de Apoyo met at St. Luke's Church in Allentown to celebrate world book day but more importantly to go over the legislation.

"The fact that two immigrants who did come in legally, who did pass all the checks and one in fact went through not one but two FBI interviews and the government was unable to pick that up....I think that if that is used as a stumbling block for massive immigration reform there's something really wrong with our system" said Director Erika Sutherland.

"If there are things that come up as a result of what happened in Boston that need improving, that require improvement let's add them to the bill because certainly our bill tightens up things in a way that would make a Boston less likely.

The changes in the exit-entry system of visas, the requiring the 11 million people here to register and all of that make it a tighter bill. Now maybe it should be made tighter still we are open to that. That is all I am saying because I have heard lots of calls from people out in the country saying delay it" said U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY).