The deadly bombing in Boston should lead Congress to push back its immigration reform, says conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
His comments come as law enforcement officials are investigating a Saudi national here on a student visa as a person of interest
“Some of the speculation that has come out is that yes, it was a foreign national and, speculating here, that it was potentially a person on a student visa,” King told National Review Online
in an interview published Tuesday.
“If that’s the case, then we need to take a look at the big picture.”
Instead of focusing on a path to legalization for immigrants, the emphasis should now be on security, King says. “We need to be ever vigilant. ”
“We need to go far deeper into our border crossings. . . . We need to take a look at the visa-waiver program and wonder what we’re doing. If we can’t background-check people that are coming from Saudi Arabia, how do we think we are going to background-check the 11 to 20 million [undocumented] people that are here from who knows where?”
The bipartisan group of eight senators working on a comprehensive immigration overhaul released their plan Tuesday. It includes a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants, but only after several requirements for strengthening the border with Mexico are met.
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