A New Low

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 19 2013 @ 11:11am
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There’s already an effort by right-wingers to connect the Boston bombers to immigration reform:

According to law enforcement sources, the brothers entered the U.S. in 2002 or 2003, and at least one of them has been a legal permanent resident since 2007. Some on the right are already pouncing on the news to cast doubt on the desirability of immigration reform.

Tyler Cowen thinks there “is a good chance these events doom immigration reform.” McArdle agrees:

I suspect that they’ve … wrecked the chances of immigration reform.  And immigrants from the Caucasus can expect much greater scrutiny from INS.

Sargent is waiting to see if this attempt to smear immigration reform moves beyond the fringe:

It’s unclear thus far how widespread the effort among conservatives will be to connect the Boston bombing suspects to the immigration reform debate. But it’s certainly something that bears watching. If this argument picks up steam, it will be another indication of how ferocious the resistance on the right to immigration reform is going to get.