Boston Bomber Could Have Been Deported in 2009

Current immigration policy is supposed to focus on violent offenders who run afoul of the law, and deport them. Tamerlan Tsarneav was a violent offender long before he and his brother place two lethal bombs and killed a security officer, according to Judicial Watch.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the 26-year-old killed in a wild shootout with police, was a legal U.S. resident who nevertheless could have been removed from the country after a 2009 domestic violence conviction, according to a Judicial Watch source. That means the Obama administration missed an opportunity to deport Tsarnaev but evidently didn’t feel he represented a big enough threat.

Both of the brothers eventually became US citizens, the younger taking the oath on September 11, 2012.

But by all means, Sens. McCain, Graham and Rubio, let's legalize 11 million more people who didn't even bother to follow our laws, without bothering to tighten things up first.

Update: More about the older brother.

“I used to warn Dzhokhar that Tamaralan was up to no good,” Zaur Tsarnaev, who identified himself as a 26-year-old cousin, said in a phone interview on Friday from Mkhachkala, in the Russian republic of Dagestan. “[Tamaralan] was always getting into trouble. He was never happy, never cheering, never smiling. He used to strike his girlfriend. He hurt her a few times. He was not a nice man. I don’t like to speak about him. He caused problems for my family.”