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Fallout from bombings threatens immigration measure

Tempers flare at Senate panel hearing on bill

WASHINGTON – The fallout from the Boston Marathon bombings is threatening passage of immigration legislation, as conservative Republicans said on Capitol Hill, talk radio, and Twitter that the alleged participation of ethnic Chechen brothers shows the need for slowing down or halting the bill.

Tempers flared in a Senate hearing room on Monday when Senator Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, asserted that unnamed people are trying to use the Boston tragedy as an “excuse” to stymie the bill, prompting his colleague at the dais, Senator Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican, to respond angrily, “I never said that, I never said that!”

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