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The Boston Aftermath: FBI, Immigration Reform And The Violent Tamerlan Tsarnaev…

As Boston has experienced the tragic aftermath of this year’s Marathon, U.S. lawmakers put pressure on FBI officials with targeted questions focused on their investigation process:

Lawmakers grill FBI on Boston bombing investigation – Reuters

U.S. lawmakers grilled top security officials on Tuesday about the handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation and why one of the suspects flagged as a possible Islamist radical was not tracked more closely. FBI officials briefed members of Congress behind closed doors in Washington about the investigation into the April 15 blasts that killed three people and injured 264 others. Authorities say the ethnic Chechen brothers, who immigrated to the United States a decade ago from the predominantly Muslim region of Dagestan in Russia’s Caucasus, detonated two bombs made from pressure cookers near the finish line of the iconic foot race. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a shootout with police and his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, lies wounded in a Boston hospital charged with using weapons of mass destruction. Investigators have focused on a trip to Dagestan last year by Tamerlan Tsarnaev and whether he became involved with or was influenced by Chechen separatists or Islamist extremists there.

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More importantly, the Boston Marathon bombings set an open question about the careful examination of immigration reform in the U.S.:

After Boston Marathon Bombings, What Next For Immigration Reform? – National Journal

“We screwed up. We can’t afford to screw up again,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Friday. He wasn’t talking about Boston. He was talking about the 1986 immigration bill, which he voted for and President Reagan signed, that gave amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants. He has vowed never to vote for such legislation again if it doesn’t fix the overall immigration system. Yet Grassley held his fire about being unable to question Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on a Senate bill that would legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants. He worries that the legislation being debated in the Senate won’t shore up the enforcement of people who break immigration laws. And the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee noted in his remarks that immigration reform needed to be carefully examined, “especially in light of everything that’s happening in Massachusetts now.” Fellow conservative Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, is also a critic of the immigration-reform legislation. Nonetheless, he said Friday that no one disagrees with the goal of knowing who is in the United States and under what status, which could become an issue in the Boston investigation. Lee also pointed out that immigration on its own deserves a thorough vetting. “In one way or another, this is an issue that has predated the tragedies of this past week,” he said.  Grassley made clear that the grilling of Napolitano can wait until the situation in Boston winds down. “We feel she’s doing exactly what she should be doing,” he said. Napolitano was scheduled to testify at a hearing on the bill, but she cancelled at the last minute because she is dealing with the fast-evolving developments in Massachusetts, where authorities are on a manhunt for the culprits of Monday’s bombing. The suspects are reported to be legal residents of the United States. One of the men is said to be a legal permanent resident — a technical term meaning he has a green card, the ticket to becoming a U.S. citizen.

On the other hand, Katherine Russell’s pals at Suffolk University reveal behavioral details about Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s violent character:

Tamerlan Tsarnaev abused Katherine Russell with taunts of ‘slut’ and … – New York Daily News

College roommates of Tamerlan Tsarnaev‘s widow described him as a brutish, manipulative boyfriend who often hurled insults — and more — at the woman who would eventually bear his child. Three of Katherine Russell’s pals at Suffolk University watched as she was terrorized by the dead bombing suspect after they began their on-and-off relationship in 2007, NPR reported. Angry and controlling, Tsarnaev called Russell a “slut” and a “prostitute” and was known to throw furniture or other objects at her during fits of rage, the unnamed roommates said.  Katherine Russell, now 24, wasn’t the only one he abused. In 2009, the aspiring Olympic boxer was busted for slapping around a different girlfriend, Nadine Asceucal.  His dark side wasn’t obvious at first. Russell’s roommates said when the pair first hooked up, Tsarnaev often partied with them. But they noticed a change in him in around 2008 or 2009, when he stopped smoking and drinking and became committed to Islam. Russell followed him into the faith — despite what the roommates described as Tsarnaev’s increasingly “extremist world view,” NPR’s Laura Sullivan told the radio show “All Things Considered.”

Finally, despite conspiracy theories and the drama of characters in the story the U.S. investigation authorities have to investigate in the deep waters of Islamic extremism in Dagestan. Another critical issue is immigrant reform and its possible impact in the American society. It is important for the U.S. society to remain open to foreigners and continue offer multiple opportunities for professional and academic excellence, despite the tragic events in Boston.



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