Rubio: Immigration bill should take Boston attack into account

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Rubio's tweet is in response to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Senate heads toward internet surveillance fight MORE (D-Vt.) cautioning lawmakers from rashly connecting comprehensive immigration reform to the Boston Marathon bombing.

"Late last week opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston Marathon bombing. I urge restraint in that regard," Leahy said in his opening statement at an immigration reform hearing on Monday. 

Leahy said the immigration bill would improve national security.

"The bill before us would serve to strengthen our national security by allowing us to focus our border security and enforcement efforts against those who would do us harm," Leahy said. "But a nation as strong as ours can welcome the oppressed and persecuted without making compromises on our security. We are capable of vigilance in our pursuit of these values."

A number of lawmakers have said the bombing should be factored into crafting a new immigration reform law. At around the same time that Rubio published his tweet, Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulRepublicans question Trump's trip to Scotland Hate TV customer service? So does your senator Overnight Cybersecurity: Senate narrowly rejects expanding FBI surveillance powers MORE (R-Ky.) released a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSay NO to PROMESA, say NO to Washington overreach Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns MORE (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellMcConnell: Trump needs to act like a 'serious candidate' Overnight Finance: Wall Street awaits Brexit result | Clinton touts biz support | New threat to Puerto Rico bill? | Dodd, Frank hit back The Trail 2016: Berning embers MORE (R-Ky.), arguing that the effort to overhaul the nation's immigration system should be paused until Congress fully investigates the Boston bombing and adds new protections into the legislation.

In the letter, Paul argued that "the Senate needs a thorough examination of the facts in Massachusetts to see if legislation is necessary to prevent a similar situation in the future."

—This story was updated at 12:21 p.m.

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