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GOP lawmakers warned Mayorkas about crime risk from Venezuelan illegal immigrants but never got a response

Fox’s first appearance: Republican lawmakers warned Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the crime risks associated with illegal Venezuelan immigrants crossing the southern border about a year and a half ago, but received no response, Fox News Digital reported. Understood.

In September 2022, Republican Representatives Troy Neals of Texas, Byron Donald of Florida, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, and Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin will It sent a letter to Mr. Mayorkas regarding a Department of Homeland Security intelligence report that alerted employees to be wary of acts of violence. Criminals from Venezuela in a migrant caravan marching towards the border.

The group says Mayorkas did not respond to the letter, and now the Secretary of Homeland Security is responding again, just as reports are emerging that some of the immigrants have committed serious crimes in the United States. I’m trying to get it.

“As you know, in September 2022, the Venezuelan regime under the rule of Nicolas Maduro Moros announced the early release of violent prisoners, including those convicted of “murder, rape, and extortion.” and reportedly encouraged them to join a caravan headed to Afghanistan.”The US Congress said in a letter to Mr. Mayorkas on Thursday. “Since then, we have seen the tragic consequences of allowing Venezuelan nationals into the interior of the United States.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas reportedly did not respond to concerns raised by Republican lawmakers about illegal Venezuelan immigration. (Getty Images)

“Our country is also facing the influence of Venezuelan gangs posing as asylum seekers, turning cities into war zones,” they wrote. “Specifically, the Venezuelan criminal group Torren de Aragua, known for torturing its victims, has established a presence in New York City. They are recruiting new members from buses, where they have committed over 60 robberies in New Jersey.” In York City, a serious robbery in which a woman in her 60s was dragged onto a sidewalk and crashed into a utility pole, injuring her. is also included. ”

Lawmakers pointed out how 500,000 Venezuelans entered the country illegally. It also pointed out that there are reports that “Venezuela is refusing to cooperate with deportation requests after President Biden reimposed some of the economic sanctions he had previously lifted against Venezuela.”

“It is common sense that if Venezuela does not want these Venezuelans to return, we do not want them here,” they wrote. “In addition to answering questions that were never addressed in the September 2022 letter, we urge you to block Venezuelans from entering the country and immediately deport those released pending immigration proceedings. .”

“We cannot continue to apologize to families for the terrible consequences of your disastrous border policies without taking action.” “Therefore, we recommend initiating a moratorium on the migration of all Venezuelans until they agree to cooperate with deportation requests.”

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas speaks during a press conference at the White House on Monday, March 1, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The letter was filed on the heels of reports showing violent crimes committed by Venezuelan immigrants.

An illegal immigrant from Venezuela has been charged in connection with the violent murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley on Thursday’s campus at the University of Georgia. The suspect, Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, has been released to the United States on parole, three ICE and DHS officials told Fox News.

An illegal Venezuelan immigrant was arrested in Virginia on suspicion of sexually assaulting a minor.

Four Venezuelan immigrants were recently arrested in Chicago for allegedly robbing and beating a man on a CTA train in the city.

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And in New York, police are trying to crack down on Torren de Aragua, a Venezuelan gang named in a law enforcement letter as being responsible for dozens of robberies.

DHS did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News Digital’s Michael Dorgan contributed to this report.

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