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Paul Ryan: Boston bombings aftermath should only strengthen immigration reform debate

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While in Chicago on Monday, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc) was asked if the
bombings in Boston were a deterrent to the issue he was here to push: immigration reform.

Ryan said it was the opposite.

"I would say for the sake of our national security, we want to modernize our immigration laws. We do not even know how to track people who overstay their visas. We need a modern immigration system that helps us not only protect our border but protects national security in all of its aspects," Ryan said in a Q & A session with reporters. "So if anything, I would say this is an argument for modernizing our immigration laws. We need it for national security, we need it for our economy."

Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill) said the federal government spends $18 billion a year enforcing immigration laws -- more than it spends on the FBI.

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