Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sends letter to President Joe Biden on Laken Riley murder

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Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp is demanding answers from the White House following the tragic murder of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Hope Riley on the University of Georgia campus.

The letter was sent as 26-year-old Jose Antonio Ybarra was charged with the murder of a 22-year-old nursing student on the UGA campus.

Ibarra is a Venezuelan citizen who entered the country illegally, three ICE and DHS officials told Fox News. El Paso, Texas He was paroled and released to the United States in September 2022.

Kemp sent a letter to President Biden on Saturday morning asking for an explanation and demanding that the White House secure the southern border.

“Frankly, Mr. President, your continued silence in response to these reasonable demands is outrageous,” Kemp wrote in a letter published in X. “We have a right to know who is illegally entering our country because of our failures.” , and what risks and challenges every state must currently face. ”

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In his letter, Kemp asked for information about Ybarra’s current immigration status and why the administration reportedly stressed the urgency to quickly share the suspect’s immigration status.

“Why was my administration not informed of the asylum applications and subsequent releases of illegal aliens who presented fraudulent identification?” Kemp asked. “What is the current immigration status of José Antonio Ibarra? Why was this information not communicated to my administration?”

“What further information does your administration have regarding these individuals and the circumstances surrounding their entry?” Kemp asked.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a press conference at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, on February 4, 2024. (Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images/File)

Kemp emphasized how the administration had to rely on leaks to unofficial sources and the media rather than ICE or DHS officials for information about Ybarra.

He argued that answers to Ybarra’s immigration status must be made public as soon as possible to ensure state and local officials have the information they need to protect their communities.

“While media coverage surrounding this incident has relied on leaks from intelligence sources and federal agencies, we are working hard to ensure that state and local officials have the information they need to sustain their communities.” Answers to these questions must be provided publicly as soon as possible.” Kemp said.

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Kemp called for the federal government to secure the border before Riley’s fate is “repeated across the country.”

“These tragedies are not unique to Georgia. We will continue to support Texas with National Guard resources, as we have since 2019, but federal action to secure the border is not the overall solution. It is the only way to become [sic] “We need to address this ongoing crisis and ensure Laken Riley’s horrific fate is not repeated across the country,” Kemp said, “but if he continues to refuse to exercise his presidential powers. “The government must provide Georgia and other states with the information they need to protect our people.” ”

The White House claimed on Friday House Republicans are standing in the way of fixing what Biden called a “broken” immigration system.

“Over the past several months, we have worked with Republican senators and Senate Democrats to create fair and tough policies. part of the law It’s going to address border security,” Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily White House press briefing.

Jose Antonio Ibarra mugshot

Jose Ybarra was originally taken into custody by UGA police on Friday in connection with Riley’s death, but is now believed to have no connection to the victim. (Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

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Jean-Pierre noted that the bipartisan agreement reached last month had been approved by the Border Patrol union before Johnson was declared “dead on arrival.”

“Chairman Johnson is standing in the way of this issue,” she added. “We did our job. senate We worked in a bipartisan manner.

Ibarra was detained by Uga Police UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark said in a press conference Friday night that the suspect is charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, interfering with a 911 call and concealing the death of another person. He said he was charged with a crime.

Riley, a nursing student at Augusta University, was found dead Thursday after attending UGA before enrolling in the nursing program at Augusta University’s Athens campus.

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According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, multiple officers began searching for Riley near Intramural Field at about 12:07 p.m., and at 12:38 p.m., a UGA officer was seen on the ground. Found Riley.

Laken Riley smiles for a photo while running

Laken Riley smiled and posed for photos as he ran. Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia, was found dead near a lake on campus Thursday. (Laken Riley/Instagram)

“I called out to Mr. Riley, but there was no response,” the officer wrote.

She had visible injuries and police were unable to determine a pulse.They are I started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. anyway. A sergeant arrived a few minutes later with a defibrillator, but attempts to revive the victim were unsuccessful.

Autopsy results have not yet been released Friday, but authorities said they are investigating her death as follows: Murder case. Clark said it appeared as if he had died from blunt force trauma.


Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.



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