Boston Bomb Suspects Identified as Chechens

“They blasted across the nation’s airwaves as the mystery men on the run from the FBI in the Boston Marathon bombings, both carrying backpacks, one wearing a white baseball cap turned backward and the other clad in dark glasses and a white T-shirt. On Friday, after a chaotic night in which one of them was killed and the other became the target of a massive manhunt, information was slowly emerging about the two men — who are brothers and the prime suspects in the attacks that killed three people and injured more than 170 Monday,” the Washington Post writes.

“The family is originally from the southern Russian republic of Chechnya, according to an uncle of the Tsarnaev brothers, and two law enforcement officials said there is a ‘Chechen connection’ to the bombings.”

Democrats Pleased With Senate Bill

“The Senate’s Gang of Eight delivered an immigration overhaul bill this week that was far more generous to their constituencies than Democrats and Hispanic activists expected . . . [W]hen Democrats got a look at the 844-page measure, they discovered that their negotiators extracted more concessions than they thought possible. Those include an expansive version of the DREAM Act and subtle but meaningful tradeoffs on all the major pieces of the system, from family reunification to legalization and border security,” Politico reports.

Boston Bombing Raises Concerns About Amnesty Plan, Says Senator

“Speaking at the start of the first Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that began as a manhunt continued in Boston, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) accused Democrats of ‘rushing’ consideration of a bipartisan immigration bill unveiled this week and urged careful deliberations ‘given the events of this week,'” the Washington Post reports.

“‘While we don’t yet know the immigration status of the people who have terrorized the communities in Massachusetts, when we find out, it will help shed light on the weaknesses of our system,’ Grassley said. ‘How can individuals evade authorities and plan such attacks on our soil? How can we beef up security checks on people who wish to enter the U.S.? How do we ensure that people who wish to do us harm are not eligible for benefits under the immigration laws, including this new bill before us?'”