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Poll: What Impact Will the Boston Bombings Have on Immigration Reform?

What impact will the Boston Marathon bombings have on the prospects for immigration reform?


Help: 4%
Hurt: 23%
No impact: 73%



“GOP reality deniers looking for any reason to shovel sand against the tide.”

“The terrorists were foreigners. Tightening the border could have prevented it.”


“Not so much ‘reform’ per se, but for those in Congress who are into ‘profiling,’ they just hit the mother lode.”

“Boston provides pretext for those who have opposed immigration reform all along.”

“American history shows that violent acts by immigrants usually create a backlash against more open immigration.”

No impact


“It will backfire if politicians try to make this an issue.”

“Most voters—and most members—thought any effort to link the two was idiotic.”

“It will raise the volume of the opponents, complete with scare tactics, but in the end will not change the votes. Remember, the perpetrators were in the country legally and not part of the 11 million illegals.”

“At some point there needs to be substance to propel an argument, and the Boston tragedy offers none to either side of the debate.”

“Only those who would never be for immigration reform would use it for cover to oppose it.”

“If Newtown can’t sway the gun debate ...”

“Comprehensive immigration reform might not pass, but if it doesn’t, it will be due to a lot more factors than Boston.”

“Except for extremists drooling, sanity will eventually prevail.”

“Immigration will succeed or fail on whether Republicans think they can win future elections by keeping their position or not.”

“The fact that the bombers’ names (and their mother’s) were on the national-security radar screen already is making this more about improving our use of data and less about immigration.”

“Asylum applications will be processed with more deliberation.”



What impact will the Boston Marathon bombings have on the prospects for immigration reform?


Help: 4%
Hurt: 31%
No impact: 65%


“The bombing highlights the perception that our diversity-obsessed society is failing to assimilate many current immigrants, legal and otherwise.”

“The anti-immigrant, nativist fringe had been mostly cowed into silence thus far, but the Tsarnaevs give them an opening again. Not a huge impact, but not helpful.”

“It certainly won’t help. This thing is teetering on the edge as it is.”

“Crazy Chechens come here, get welfare, blow up a city—nothing but trouble for the ‘Gang of Eight.’ ”

“The remarkable thing is that it hasn’t already derailed immigration reform. If the White House looks soft on terrorism, immigration will likely collapse.”

No impact

“Only opponents of immigration reform will unsuccessfully wave the flag of the bombings to delay and soft-pedal the process.”

“Both brothers were here legally, so what’s the argument? That we should shut down legal, as well as illegal, immigration? Xenophobes to the ramparts!”

“The macro-politics are a much bigger deal.”

“The public will make sure Boston has its own narrative. No amount of congressional manipulation will change that.”

“The ignorant conservatives will be ignorant with or without Boston.”

“Average voters aren’t tying terrorism to immigration—yet.”

“It’s likely a wash, as both sides will use it to ‘prove’ their point. Unless the White House overplays its hand (I’m looking at you, Joe Biden), in which case it will likely hurt the efforts.”

“The background checks for citizenship will be much more tightly drawn, but the attack does not change the overall political calculus that drives Democrats to want a bill and requires Republicans to swallow one.”

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