Sequestered in Boston, Grayson explains what the bombing has done to the area and national politics

04/19/2013 06:30 PM

With one of the Boston Marathon bombers on the loose Friday, former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson was among the millions of residents in the area asked to stay in their Boston area homes.

Police spent Friday setting up a dragnet for Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, the younger brother of slain bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

The two suspects, both of Chechen descent, left death and destruction in the wake.

Grayson, now the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, said the Harvard students who went to school with the younger Tsarnaev were shocked to learn that he was involved in Monday’s bombing.

In the interview, Grayson said Americans can take solace in the way both the public and law enforcement agencies have responded since Monday’s bombing.

He also talked with Pure Politics about policy implications the bombing could have, both on immigration debates because the brothers immigrated to the United States less than a decade ago as well as on one of the responding agencies — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which has been without a permanent director since 2006.

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