There are lessons to be learned from last week’s Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt. But few, if any, apply to the immigration debate in Congress.
Republican lawmakers opposed to the reforms hammered out by a bipartisan group of eight senators spent much of this week’s Judiciary Committee hearings pounding on one fact: The Tsarnaev brothers were immigrants. Critics of comprehensive immigration reform are against creating a guest worker system or path to citizenship for illegal immigrants ostensibly because such provisions would insult the millions of people who come here legally. Both Tsarnaevs were here legally, and one had become a citizen. That didn’t deter some conservatives from invoking their names in opposing immigration reform — a move that revealed the broader anti-immigrant sentiment behind all that rhetoric about following the law.