FILE - In this March 12, 2013 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Rubio says a proposed immigration bill expected to be introduced this week won't offer amnesty to those who entered the U.S. illegally. Speaking on the news shows, Sunday, April 14, 2013, Rubio said, quote "there will be consequences for having violated the laws." (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators who helped write bipartisan immigration legislation say the Boston Marathon bombings should expedite an overhaul of the current system.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Sunday that the bombings that left three dead "should urge us to act quicker, not slower when it comes to getting the 11 million identified," referring to the estimated number of immigrants living in the country illegally. Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York added "keeping the status quo is not a very good argument, given what happened" in Boston.
Schumer says critics are using the bombings to oppose a proposal they disliked from the start. He says that if they have suggestions to make the proposal better, they should speak up.
They spoke on CNN's "State of the Union."
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