GOP Rep Warns Against Immigration Reform, Speculates That Boston Attacker Was Saudi With Student Visa

Speaking with National Review Online, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) cautioned that Congress should be cautious about pursuing immigration reform in light of Monday’s deadly bombings during the Boston marathon.

The outspoken opponent of immigration reform and so-called “amnesty” told the conservative publication that “we need to take a look at the big picture” following the attacks, because “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.”

Reiterating his well-known belief that border security and immigration law enforcement should be priority over the path to citizenship, the congressman said, “We need to be ever vigilant.”

“We need to go far deeper into our border crossings,” he added. “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 people that are here from who knows where.”

All of this, mind you, was based on his speculation that the perpetrator of the attacks was a Saudi national here on student visa.

[h/t TPM]

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