"I'm not sure. I'm not sure that it will," Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) told reporters when asked if Boston would impact the debate. "There is always that possibility. But one way or another this is an issue that has far predated the tragedies of this week and will still be here long after this week."
Outsiders also reiterated that the Boston bombing and the immigration debate should remain separate. Tony Fratto, a former spokesman in the George W. Bush administration, took to Twitter to express his frustration over the growing chatter about immigration and Boston.
"There is no lesson or consequence from events in #Boston relevant to the immigration reform debate. Stop that idiocy."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) told reporters after the hearing that the country should not formulate its policy based on individual events.
"If we change the policies of this country every time something happens, Oklahoma City, 9/11, this, we're never going to do anything," he said. "We should think what are the best policies for the United States and use those."