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Houses Passes ‘Laken Riley Act’ to crack down on illegal immigrant criminals

The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill targeting illegal immigrants who commit certain crimes in the United States, naming it in memory of late nursing student Laken Hope Riley.

Riley, 22, was attacked and killed on February 22 while running with a suspect in a wooded area near the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia. arrested and Paid Her killer, José Antonio Ibarra, is a Venezuelan national who was suspected of entering the United States illegally and was initially detained before being released.of Laken Riley method It would require the federal government to detain foreign nationals who commit “robbery, theft, theft, or a crime.” [a] The bill passed the House by a vote of 251 to 170, creating a new law for the crime of shoplifting and allowing states to sue the federal government for failing to comply with certain aspects of immigration law. (Related: Georgia Republicans seek to crack down on sheriffs, jailers protecting illegal immigrants from ICE after Laken Riley murder)

“It should pass the Senate. That doesn't mean it will or will, but it should. This is common sense legislation. This is a good bill and will help local law enforcement. “We hope the Senate will consider the bill from that perspective,” said Rep. Mike Collins, Republican of Georgia, who sponsored the bill and represents the district where Riley died. DCNF. “There's nothing wrong with this bill. There's nothing in this bill that they can point a finger at and say, 'That's wrong.' And if this can be passed, it should be passed. There is a good chance it will save your life. ”

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“Laken Riley is no longer with us because Biden's policies have failed. It's more about border security than immigration. So if he's not going to secure the border, what are we going to do? We need to figure out if we can do it,” Georgia Republican Congressman Barry Loudermilk told DCNF. “Her murderer was arrested in New York City a few weeks ago and released. Why shouldn't he have committed a crime and been deported at that moment?”

“Jose Ibarra, a 26-year-old Venezuelan national, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) after illegally entering the United States near El Paso, Texas, on September 8, 2022. He was released on parole for processing,” ICE spokesperson Lindsey Williams told DCNF. “On August 31, 2023, Ybarra was arrested by the New York City Police Department and charged with conduct with injury to a child under the age of 17 and a motor vehicle license violation. ,” Williams added.

The bill was passed just before Biden traveled to the U.S. Capitol for his annual State of the Union address.

“This young woman… given everything we've learned about her… [she] “She was a wonderful young woman who had a great future and was dedicated to helping people as a nurse,” Republican Rep. Earl “Buddy” Carter of Georgia told DCNF. “Don't think this is the only case, there will be others…Every city is a border city. Every state is a border state now.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and the White House did not respond to requests for comment.

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