Laken Riley’s Murder Displays the Consequential Divide Between Parties Over Illegal Immigration

Laken Riley in an undated photo. (GoFundMe/Screenshot via The Epoch Times)
Published February 27, 2024
The murder of a university nursing student in Athens, Georgia, exhibits the striking, consequential difference between Democrat and Republican lawmakers over illegal immigration.
The suspect in the Feb. 22 murder of Augusta University nursing student Laken Riley is a 26-year-old illegal immigrant from Venezuela named Jose Antonio Ibarra, who entered the country 18 months ago.

The 22-year-old Ms. Riley disappeared after her morning jog around the University of Georgia (UGA), which led to a search during which her body was discovered along her route at 1 p.m. on Feb. 22.

UGA Police Chief Jeff Clark said it was a “crime of opportunity” in which the suspect saw Ms. Riley, “and bad things happened,” he said.
Campus video led security to Mr. Ibarra, who lived in an apartment complex at the college.
Mr. Ibarra has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911, and concealing a death, The Associated Press reported.
According to information found in the affidavit, the suspect allegedly committed “the offense of aggravated battery when he maliciously causes bodily harm to another by seriously disfiguring her body or a member thereof by disfiguring her skull.”
In addition, the charge of concealing the death of another involved the suspect’s “dragging the victim to a secluded area.”
In a statement to Fox News Digital, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said Mr. Ibrarra entered the country illegally and had been arrested and then paroled in New York City—a “sanctuary city”— in August 2023 for “acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle violation.”
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department confirmed that Mr. Ibarra had also been arrested in Georgia for shoplifting and had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to appear in court.


RELATED: GOP Demands Info On Illegal Accused in Laken Riley Murder

Published February 27, 2024

Republican committee chairs Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Tom McClintock, R-Calif., sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Tuesday demanding information on the illegal migrant who stands accused of killing nursing student Laken Riley in Georgia.

Jordan, chair of the House Judiciary and McClintock, Subcommittee on Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement chair, want documentation related to Jose Antonio Ibarra, who faces multiple murder and assault charges in the death of the 22-year-old Riley, who died from blunt force trauma while out for a run on the University of Georgia campus.

Ibarra and his brother, Diego Ibarra, entered the U.S. illegally from Venezuela in September 2022, then the “Biden Administration released Ibarra into the United States,” the letter stated.

Jose Ibarra was then arrested a little over a year later, on Sept. 14, 2023, by New York Police Department officers, charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than age 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.

“Criminal aliens exploit vulnerabilities in our nation’s immigration system to the detriment of those in the United States,” Jordan and McClintock wrote. “The Biden Administration’s border and immigration policies only increase the likelihood that criminal aliens will successfully enter and remain in the U.S.”



RELATED: Katie Porter Says ‘One Instance’ Of Murder ‘Shouldn’t Shape’ US Immigration Policy After Nursing Student Killed

Published February 26, 2024

Democratic Rep. Katie Porter of California downplayed the need for policy changes after the murder of nursing student Laken Riley during a Monday CNN appearance.

University of Georgia police arrested Jose Antonio Ibarra, an immigrant from Venezuela who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, and charged him with murdering 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley. Porter, who is running for Senate, tried to deflect attention from Ibarra’s immigration status.

“Well, I think what a horrible tragedy likes, like this happens, I think whenever we‘re dealing with violent crime, there is a sense of outrage, of sadness and of loss, but I think the important thing to focus on is any one instance shouldn‘t shape our overall immigration policy, which has so many different facets, including economic choices about what workers to allow and how to create prosperity in America,” Porter told CNN host Erin Burnett. “So the situation is tragic and it‘s a loss and it‘s important to acknowledge that, but also to recognize all the other how all the other parts of immigration policy fit together.”



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