Don't let the Boston bombings influence immigration reform

Immigration issues surrounding the Tsarnaev brothers have almost nothing to do with the Senate's bill

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
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Big news stories often produce political non sequiturs, and the bigger the story, the more nonsensical the attempts to attach political issues to it. The Boston Marathon bombings and the attempts to exploit them for favored hobbyhorses has proven no exception to this rule. Over the last few days, we've seen members of the media and politicians alike attempt to use the story as a platform for making points about everything from gun control to Gitmo.

Over the weekend, though, as details about the suspected bombers and their status in the U.S. became more widely known, the talk turned to the immigration reform bill introduced by the Gang of Eight in the Senate. Partisans on both sides claimed that the terrorist attack in Boston should either accelerate or postpone consideration of the proposal. For instance, comprehensive immigration reform proponent John McCain told CNBC that the bill would enhance the tracking of foreigners going into and out of the country:

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.