You report that Martha Mullen, instrumental in finding a burial place for Tamerlan Tsarnaev, “wonders . . . whether greater tolerance in the United States toward Muslims would have made a difference in curbing [the Tsarnaevs’] apparent radicalization” (“Va. woman’s help led to burial site,” Page A5, May 11).
Let us look at what we know about how the Tsarnaevs were treated in the United States and in Massachusetts. They were welcomed into the country as permanent residents. The state Executive Office of Health and Human Services confirmed that the parents of the brothers received transitional assistance and other welfare benefits. Tamerlan was receiving benefits along with his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, and their 3-year-old daughter, until 2012. At the time of the bombings, the surviving brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was attending UMass Dartmouth, despite an outstanding bill of more than $20,000.