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GOP lawmakers slam Biden admin in reaction to college murder suspect’s immigration status: ‘Close the border!’

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Congressional Republicans are criticizing the Biden administration’s border policies after a Venezuelan immigrant who crossed the border illegally was charged with the murder of a Georgia nursing student.

Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, the suspect in the murder of nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus, is a Venezuelan national who entered the country illegally. El Paso, Texas Three ICE and DHS officials told Fox News that they were released on parole to the United States in September 2022.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana) expressed his condolences to Riley’s family and friends and reiterated the Republican Party’s efforts to pass border legislation.

Georgia student suspected of murder turns out to be illegal immigrant

“The brutal murderer who took Ms. Laken’s life was one of the millions of illegal aliens the Biden administration has simply released and unleashed on our country,” Johnson wrote on X (formerly Twitter). Ta. “For Mr. Laken, and for the countless others lost in this border catastrophe, House Republicans will continue to fight tooth and nail to restore law and order. Mr. President, existing legal authority exists. Please exercise this and close the borders!”

Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) called President Biden on the X show after Riley’s death, saying he had “blood on his hands.” denounced.

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)

“22-year-old UGA nursing student Laken Riley was murdered by an illegal immigrant from Venezuela released into our country by the Biden administration,” Greene wrote. “Joe Biden, Mayorkas and the Democrats are bleeding. We are praying for her family.”

“22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley, found dead on UGA’s campus, was murdered by an illegal alien,” Clyde posted on X. “Venezuelan migrant Jose Antonio Ibarra crossed the border illegally and was released on parole in 2019.” September 2022. Joe Biden has blood on his hands. ”

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Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) echoed Greene and Clyde’s sentiments, saying, “These are the tragic consequences of open border policies. The Biden administration has blood on its hands. I am,” he wrote.

Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) expressed outrage at the situation, saying Mr. Ybarra should never have been in this country.

“I am outraged. He should not have been in our country and now an innocent American has died,” Vance wrote.

Karine Jean Pierre

The White House on Friday argued that House Republicans are standing in the way of fixing what Biden called a “broken” immigration system. (Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images)

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

“For the past several months, we have worked with Republican senators and Senate Democrats to develop fair and tough legislation to address border security,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters in a daily statement. ” he said. White House press conference.

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He pointed out that the bipartisan deal agreed last month had been approved by Border Force unions before Prime Minister Johnson declared it “void on arrival”.

“Chairman Johnson is standing in the way of this issue,” Jean-Pierre added. “We did our job. The Senate did its job in a bipartisan manner.

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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.

Laken Riley in a medical coat on a meadow

Laken Riley poses for a photo to post on Facebook. Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia, was found dead near a lake on campus on Thursday, February 22, 2024. (Alison Phillips/Facebook)

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.

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 in a brown top

Laken Riley poses for a photo to post on Facebook. Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia, was found dead near a lake on campus on Thursday, February 22, 2024. (Laken Riley/Facebook)

“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.

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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.

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

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