Immigration battles heat up in wake of Boston bombings

April 23, 2013 4:07:03 AM PDT
There was a heated exchange on Capitol Hill Monday, all over the immigration reform. Some lawmakers claim others are exploiting the Boston bombings to block legislation. On the local level, people are banding together, wanting change.

During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley abruptly yelled at Democratic Senator Charles Schumer.

"I say that particularly those who are pointing to what happened, the terrible tragedy in Boston, as a, I would say, an excuse for not doing a bill or delaying it many months or a year," said Sen. Schumer.

"I never said that," yelled Sen. Grassley.

"I didn't say you did," said Schumer.

"I never said that," Grassley yelled back.

"I didn't say you did sir," said Schumer.

It all started when the Democrat called on critics to stop using last week's bombing as a chance to slow down an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.

Senator Grassley has never mentioned delaying the bill, but was one of the first senators to link the Boston attacks to immigration reform.

Locally, Fiel Houston, an immigrant rights organization, held a forum focusing on the immigration reform bill introduced last week in the senate.

"We're here to let people know what's in it, to go through the legislation and to let people know this is going to be a process," said Cesar Espinosa with Fiel Houston. "There's nothing on the books yet so people shouldn't start applying for anything yet."

That's key because that group has already heard of people being defrauded by those asking for money to -- quote -- apply for this new law. They plan to hold more educational forums throughout the summer.
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