Skip to comments.Durbin: Immigration bill ‘will make us safer’ after Boston attack
Posted on 04/21/2013 10:04:45 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Durbin: Immigration bill will make us safer after Boston attack By Ben Goad - 04/21/13 12:15 PM ET
Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) proclaimed Sunday that newly unveiled legislationto overhaul the nations immigration system would strengthen national security in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon attack.
Appearing on Meet the Press, Durbin (D-Ill.) said last weeks Boston bombings revealed a need for bolstered federal resources to prevent future attacks. But he said the contentious 844-page immigration bill would make strides toward greater national security.
Immigration reform will make us safer, and I hope that those that are critical of it will just come forward and say what their idea is, Durbin said.
Durbin is part of the Senates Gang of Eight, a group of four Democrats and four Republicans that released details of the sweeping legislation last week.
The bills release was somewhat overshadowed by a hectic news week that included the high profile failure of a gun control measure in Washington, the arrest of a man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss) and the events in Boston.
Critics of immigration reform have argued that Congress should move slowly after the suspects were revealed to be immigrants of Chechen ethnicity, who came to the U.S. when young.
Durbin shifted discussion from the bombing to the immigration legislation, which he said contained several provisions designed to directly address public safety.
The bill, Durbin noted, calls for measures to strengthen the border with Mexico, and would allow the nations undocumented immigrants to apply to become registered provisional immigrants.
We are going to have 11 million people come forward and have an opportunity to register with our government, out of the shadows, he said.
Durbin touted a provision in the bill that would dramatically expand the countrys electronic worker verification program. And an overhaul of the worker visa system would ensure we can track visa holders who visit the United States to make sure they leave when they are supposed to, Durbin said.
Some in Washington have suggested efforts to pass the bill would be colored by the bombing. Earlier Sunday Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) predicted the attack would have "a severe impact on the immigration debate."
"If people are coming from a country that has a severe terrorist background there should be extra vetting for people from that country," King said on Fox News Sunday.
The younger of the two Boston bombing suspects, Kyrgyzstan-born Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, became a naturalized U.S. citizen on Sept. 11 of last year. He remains hospitalized in serious condition following his capture.
His older brothers efforts to become a citizen were reportedly held up over concerns about his 2011 contact with the FBI. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed following a shootout with police.
It’s the new narrative to sell this POS.
They are trying to get ahead of the bad PR.
Why don’t I believe him? Oh yea - bacause he’s a lying POS....
Doesn’t even pass the laugh test.
It is too ridiculous to even be a joke
Somebody needs to tell Dick that Terrorist #2 finished his trip down the DemocRATS’ “pathway to citizenship” on 09-11-12. How did that make us safer there, Dickie?
Does anyone actually believe this Dick?
Actually his brother ran him over, lol.
THe same Durbin who recently compared American soldier to nazis?
gave him citizenship on 9/11
thats just sad
Just like all the criminals will come forward and register their guns. Right? /S
Is this the same cat who was involved w Barney Frank re: Fannie May?
He is a lying, vile POS.
If the Republicans can’t muster enough votes from Democrats to kill the Immigration bill, then Dear Leader in the WH will have succeeded in keeping this country in Democratic Party control for the next 100 years.
If the immigration bill passes, this country won't last another 100 years, at least not in any form resembling a constitutional republic.
No. The only thing it will do is make dem incumbents elections more safe and fatten the wallets of people who want to pay Chinese style slave wages
For the rest of us, we will be noticeably less safe.
I agree, what is there to say to such a dense little man?
Dumber than a box of rocks.
Yessir!! The very same old Turban Durbin!
Other 'truths' from the Statists:
Higher taxes lead to more wealth
Paying people not to work increases productivity
You have a better chance of surviving a rape by peeing on the rapist than having a Glock
More regulations make business more profitable
Christians are the real terrorists
Your children belong to the government
In psych terms it’s called ‘magic thinking’ ... little dickie durbin is exhibiting perhaps the number one characteristic of a dead-head liberal democrip. Criminals get a big kick out of this sort of idiocy. It is akin to the moose slime behavior of slapping themselves on the back, head and arms with whips designed to draw blood as they chant their demonic ritual koranic verses marching in an hypnotic gaggle toward their mosques.
I’m sick of politicians using national tragedies to boost their agenda.
Your a$$hole bill will let more members of the religion of peace death cult in.
Little Dickie also has a little brain.
When will this nightmare become a cruel joke?
So this is what they all got in the morning White House memo? tell everyone the immigration bill will make us safer?
Wow if that works we are truly screwed.
Chuck Schumer started this narrative because they know the immigration bill will make us more vulnerable and weaker. They don’t care that it does as long as it keeps Dems in power. They could care less how many Boston bombings there are, as long as Dems rule. They are that obsessed with power. Schumer and Durbin and TRAITORS and should be tried for treason and hung in a public place.
Needs to be lead picture for immigration “reform”.
Good job spinate, ice, homo sis, good job.
More Immigration Reform?
The Borders are Controlled, Feel Safe Now?
So why don’t we use them?
Shame on Sen. Durbin for spreading this lie when he know that the bill will work in favor of terrorists and other perverts invading our country.
Thousands of Americans are killed each year by Mexican illegal aliens, yet, Congress is determined to let them have American citizenship.
...do I have to say anything?
Now's the time to call ALL R (and D's up for re-election) Senators and DEMAND this crap sandwich of a *bill* be put to rest, in light of the Boston tragedy, so we can secure our country and protect our citizens.
If Durbin said it, it’s a lie.\
Sorry, Dick, we don't need to present our "ideas". We only need to expose yours as lies to destroy the bill.
Has ANYBODY asked this “Gang of Eight Scumbags” if their “comprehensive” (code for: “contains a ton of pork and crap provisions that would NEVER pass as stand-alone measures”) immigration bill includes serious voter ID?
That’s what I thought.
This kind of nonsense is the reason why I keep saying that politicians should be subject to random "wiz quizzes".
Is this anything like 'more money'? Yep ... that's what we need, Durbin ... more spending, more bureaucrats, a more bloated, cumbersome, inertia riddled federal establishment.
Would that be before or after the adjudication of the govs suit against Arizona? Who the HELL really believes these assclowns?
having Obama Impeached will make the Country much safer, happier and wealthier. Why do we have illegal immigrant as the parasite in chief.
The propaganda campaign is in full swing as predicted! And it has the usual Grover Norquist/Cesar Conda stench.
I know a lot of Democrats that don’t like this because they take jobs, cause crime and lower our kid’s education (among many othe things). We need to reach out to them on this issue. I knew a lot of Dems in CA that agreed wholehartedly on this issue. How to reach them to become involved enough to contact their reps?
Won’t be that long, the economy and welfare state have 10 years left, tops.
Recall Pelosi saying they had to pass the law to find out what was in it. This clown’s promise is worth what amount of thought he put into it.
Think of all of the GOOD things that Chechen Muslims bring to us!
Um Senator Durbin, that immigration bill went south since the events of last week.
Well if you really want to be safe Senator Durbin, do as the Israelis have done, build a SECURITY WALL.
America sure has some dumb-ass legislatures.
They lost their credibility a long time ago, no one believes them and it’s obvious just propaganda.