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In immigration news: Reform debate turns to Boston bombings, few Chechens allowed to settle in US, hope for a House bill, more

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A photo of "Suspect 1" and "Suspect 2" in the Boston Marathon bombings. The two suspects have been identified as Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnae, 26 and 19, brothers with roots in Chechnya, a former Soviet republic. The elder brother was killed by police while the younger remained at large.

Senator says Boston attack should factor in immigration debate - New York Times Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa opened Friday's Senate immigration reform hearing "by stressing that the issue was important 'particularly in light of all that’s happening in Massachusetts right now and over the last week.' ” The two Boston marathon bombing suspects are reportedly from a family that emigrated from Chechnya, part of the former Soviet Union.

Few Chechen immigrants make it to U.S. - USA Today From the story: "There are probably fewer than about 200 Chechen immigrants in the United States, and most of them are settled in the Boston area, as many U.S. cities have refused to accept asylum applicants from the war-torn area of southern Russia," according to one source interviewed. About 70 percent are women.

Diaz-Balart hopeful for House immigration bill - Miami Herald Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, told a gathering of conservative Latino lawmakers that the anticipated House bill "must help the economy, protect rule of law and create a viable legal immigration system." But he didn't provide details about how it would deal with the nation's estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants.

Reserve deputy smuggled illegal immigrants into U.S., officials say - Los Angeles Times Elizabeth Hernandez, a reserve deputy with the Imperial County Sheriff's Department, has been arrested for allegedly smuggling three people past a checkpoint near Salton City, Calif.

Georgia billboard tells immigrants to go to North Carolina - Huffington Post The billboard in Georgia's Cherokee County reads “South Carolina welcomes the undocumented! Sen. Lindsey Graham says His State has a Labor Shortage and Wants More Immigrants.” It's a criticism of South Carolina senator Graham, a Republican backer of comprehensive immigration reform.