In a blog post published yesterday on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) legal policy analyst Jon Feere cited the bombers in an attempt to counter the messaging used by advocates DREAM Act and similar proposals. Supporters of such polices “have concluded that foreigners who enter the United States by their teenage years are fully American, and consequently not a threat,” according to Feere, “even though our nation’s experience with Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev suggests otherwise.”
Feere later added, “As the Boston Marathon Bombing clearly illustrated, being brought to the United States by one’s parents at a young age does not necessarily indicate any type of allegiance to the United States.”
The organized anti-immigrant movement has long targeted the DREAM Act and often attempts to discredit supporters and potential beneficiaries. It has regularly done this by cynically upholding violent actions of individuals who, due to the bill’s requirements, would likely not qualify for benefits the bipartisan legislation provides.