Gang of Eight to delay rollout of immigration bill after Boston blasts

The Senate’s Gang of Eight will postpone the rollout of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the wake of two bomb blasts that killed three people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to Senate aides. 

Dozens of people were hurt by the explosions, which authorities immediately suspected of being set off by terrorists.

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A Senate Democratic aide said the legislation will be released on Tuesday as scheduled but a press event set up with activists, business leaders and other stakeholders will be postponed.

A Senate Republican aide confirmed the press conference will not take place Tuesday.

The Republican members of the Gang of Eight briefed colleagues on the legislation Monday evening in the Senate’s Strom Thurmond Room. The Republicans on the Gang of Eight are Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioLatino Republicans split on Trump's outreach Illegal immigration foe: Trump shift the 'death knell of his candidacy' Analysis: Clinton speaks at higher grade level than Trump MORE (Fla.), John McCainJohn McCainClinton, Trump sharpen attacks The Hill's 12:30 Report State officials under pressure to OK ObamaCare premium hikes MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamClinton, Trump sharpen attacks Graham: Let special prosecutor probe Clinton emails The Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs MORE (S.C.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakePence earns GOP raves in first month as Trump VP GOP senator: Trump needs to offer specific apologies Reid: Dems could force Senate vote on Garland MORE (Ariz.).  

The four Democrats are Sens. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerTrump was wrong: Kaine is a liberal in a moderate's clothing Trump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Rubio primary challenger loans campaign M MORE (N.Y.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinTrump poised to betray primary supporters on immigration Dem wants hearing on EpiPen price hikes Legislators privacy fight coincides with FCC complaint MORE (Ill.), Bob MenendezRobert MenendezConfirm Julien Neals for the district of New Jersey Puerto Rico task force asks for help in charting island's economic course Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE (N.J.), and Michael BennetMichael BennetThe Trail 2016: The Battle for Blue Poll: Grassley, Bennet holding off challengers in Iowa, Colorado McAuliffe: I wouldn't want a 'caretaker' in Kaine's Senate seat MORE (Co.).

Sens. Schumer and McCain will visit the White House Tuesday to brief Obama on the legislation.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinCelebrating the contributions of the National Park Service at its centennial France, Germany push for encryption limits Lochte apologizes for behavior in Rio MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday evening that terrorists were likely responsible for the Boston explosions.

“My understanding is that it’s a terrorist incident,” she said. “It could be foreign, it could be domestic.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Reid10 most expensive House races McConnell: Senate won't take up TPP this year Politicians can’t afford to ignore Latinos MORE (D-Nev.) called for a moment of silence in the upper chamber Monday evening. Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNew Trump campaign boss took shots at Ryan on radio show Election reveals Paul Ryan to be worst speaker in U.S. history Getting rid of ObamaCare means getting rid of Hillary MORE (R-Ohio) did the same in the House.

Suspicion of a terrorist link to the death and maiming of dozens of people on American soil is certain to become a focus of members of Congress and likely to distract public attention from the Senate debates on gun-control and immigration reform legislation.

President Obama vowed Monday the individuals responsible for the carnage will be punished. 

“Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out how they did this,” the president said in remarks from the White House. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”