Steve King warns Boston bombing raises concerns ahead of immigration reform

Vince Coglianese | Editorial Director

Congressman Steve King thinks the unsettled facts in the Boston Marathon bombing Monday should be enough to cause lawmakers pushing along changes to the nation’s immigration laws to step back and “take a look at the big picture.”

“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 in an interview published Tuesday.

The Iowa Republican said that speculation should be enough to give lawmakers enough pause so that they shift their focus away from immigration and to national security.

The New York Post and Fox News have reported that a 20-year-old Saudi national who was injured in one of Monday’s blasts had been detained as a person of interest. Fox News’s source “stressed that the person of interest is not a suspect.”

On the immigration front, the Senate “Gang of Eight” is expected to introduce extensive reform legislation Tuesday.

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