IMMIGRATION BILL: Grassley Defends Remarks

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Senator Chuck Grassley (WHO-HD)

Senator Charles Grassley is defending himself after receiving criticism for what some consider his politicizing of the Boston Marathon bombing.

Last week Grassley said the immigration bill currently working its way through congress should be delayed because the two alleged bombers are immigrants and authorities need to review how the men came to America.

Monday during an immigration hearing, a pair of democrats called out Grassley and others for finding an immigration message in the Boston bombing.

That led to an angry outburst from Grassley who yelled, “I never said that, I never said that,” while Senator Charles Schumer was speaking.

Later in the hearing, a calmer Grassley defended himself by comparing the Boston bombing to the fertilizer plant explosion in Texas.

“I don’t hear any criticism of people when there are 14 people killed in West, Texas and demanding taking advantage of that tragedy to warn about more government action to make sure that fertilizer factories are safe.”

The legislation which was introduce just last week does have bipartisan support in the senate, but is expected to draw much debate over the idea of giving illegal residents a 13-year pathway to citizenship.