Will the Boston bombing change American attitudes about Muslims and immigration reform?

The revelation that the two leading suspects in Boston bombing were Chechen Muslim immigrants to the U.S.—one a U.S. citizen since 2011 and one a lawful permanent legal resident—spurred a round of discussion about the link between the terrorist bombings in Boston and the recently introduced immigration reform bill, sparking especially heated debate among Republican leaders. …

Findings from PRRI/Brookings’ recent large national survey of immigration reform … show that while there is a positive correlation between negative attitudes about Muslims and concerns about national security, these concerns do not translate into opposition to a path to citizenship for immigrants who are currently living illegally in the U.S. [cont.]

Robert P. Jones, Washington Post