Laken Riley’s murder the ‘direct result’ of immigration laws passed by NYC Democrats: councilman

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The murder of a Georgia nursing student, allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant previously arrested in New York City, was a “direct result” of a recent New York City law that severed ties between the NYPD and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Yes, said Republican City Councilman Joe. Mr. Borrelli argued:

“This is a direct result of the City Council passing laws that limit cooperation. If these laws had not been enacted, the Department of Corrections would not have given ICE the opportunity to place a detainer on Jose Ybarra. It would have been,” Borrelli told FOX News Digital by phone. This week’s interview.

Georgia nursing student Laken Hope Riley, 22, was found bludgeoned to death on the University of Georgia campus earlier this month after going for a run. Authorities say the Augusta University student died from blunt force trauma to the head after passing by undocumented immigrant Jose Antonio Ibarra.

Ibarra, a Venezuelan national, entered the United States illegally in 2022 and was granted border parole, which allows non-citizens to enter the country temporarily for emergency or humanitarian reasons, authorities said. Ybarra immediately headed to New York City, where he was arrested in August and “charged with injury to a child under 17 and motor vehicle license violation,” according to ICE.

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

However, the New York City Police Department says there is no record of Ibarra’s arrest.

Typically, when ICE learns that an illegal immigrant has been arrested on criminal charges, it issues a detainer requesting that a local police station hold the suspect until ICE can take over and begin deportation proceedings.

In Ybarra’s case, ICE said he was released by the NYPD before his detention was issued.

But New York City is a “sanctuary city,” and a relatively recent law passed by the City Council would sever many ties between the NYPD and ICE.

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“The death of the woman in Georgia was due to the New York City Council passing a local law prohibiting the NYPD from cooperating with ICE, allowing suspects to be released without any notice to federal law enforcement,” Borelli said this week. “It’s because of this,” he tweeted, along with a list. Laws restricting cooperation with local immigration authorities.

Jose Antonio Ibarra mugshot

Jose Ybarra was initially taken into custody Friday by UGA police in Riley’s death, but he is not believed to have any ties to the victim. (Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

Under two 2014 laws, local corrections departments and the NYPD were restricted from following ICE detainees under certain conditions. For example, DOC is only allowed to follow an ICE detainee if the suspect is accompanied by a warrant from a federal judge and the suspect has been convicted of a violent crime within the past five years.

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“Our city is useless when New Yorkers with strong ties to their communities are reluctant to work with law enforcement for fear of deportation. Today, we send a new message to Washington: “Now is the time to take action to help the many people who have been affected and help our country grow,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said when the two laws were signed into law.

“I want to thank Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and the City Council for passing this bill that further establishes New York City as a leader in immigration reform.”

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Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a press conference in front of Gracie Mansion on September 20, 2019 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Similar reforms continued under the de Blasio administration, with the City Council passing a bill in 2017 that would prohibit city agencies from partnering with the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal immigration laws.

“Today, the de Blasio administration is clarifying and institutionalizing the city’s policy that it will not voluntarily cooperate with federal immigration enforcement operations, but only in limited circumstances, including when public safety is assured. announced the issuance of citywide guidance and new NYPD protocols for “risks,” a de Blasio administration press release said about the law in early 2018.

“It’s amazing to see people trying to roll back the impact these laws have on cooperation between ICE and city law enforcement,” said Borrelli, who has served on the City Council representing parts of Staten Island since 2015. It’s interesting,” he said.

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“But the proof is in the pudding,” he said.

New York Republicans pointed to comments made by local politicians at the time of the bill’s passage, arguing that Democrats wanted to cut off communication between local law enforcement and federal authorities when illegal immigrants are involved.

New York City Councilman Joe Borelli

New York City Councilman Joe Borelli (Fox News Digital)

In 2018, when de Blasio announced a ban on city agencies partnering with ICE, a former New York City Council member said, “The day you start supporting ICE is the day you lose the public’s trust. That’s why these guidelines and protocols… It’s very important,” said the former New York City councilman. Department of Homeland Security in cases related to immigration law;

Current New York City Mayor Eric Adams also supported the measure in 2018, when he was mayor of Brooklyn.

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“Especially in light of excessive behavior by ICE officers, it is important that police officers and city officials have clear guidelines and procedures for how they interact with federal immigration enforcement agencies. Public safety for all residents is important. It has to be a priority,” Adams said. According to his de Blasio-era press release.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ administration is implementing a curfew for immigrants on Tuesday, reports said. (Jeff Buckner/New York Daily News/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

In the wake of Laken Riley’s murder, Adams said this week that he supports amending city law to open the door for New York City officials to work with federal authorities on immigration cases involving violent suspects and repeat offenders.

“I want to go back to the standards of previous mayors who I believe have agreed with my belief that people suspected of committing serious crimes in this city should be held accountable,” Adams told reporters at City Hall on Tuesday. I want to,” he said.

The mayor added, “Repeat offenders should not be allowed to stay here, and we cannot work with ICE in the process.”

Adams has repeatedly voiced support for keeping New York City as a sanctuary city, saying undocumented immigrants in the Big Apple should live in fear of attending schools and receiving city services because of their immigration status. He said it was not.

Asked about Borrelli’s comments and the legislation passed by the City Council under Borrelli, de Blasio told Fox News Digital in a statement: “The time has come for stricter border policies.”

“I trust the NYPD. They say they have never met the person accused,” de Blasio said. “But it’s upsetting that a young, promising life was cut short. We need stronger policies and comprehensive immigration reform.”

The former mayor also pointed to an opinion piece he wrote this month on Fox Digital in which he wrote, “Republicans calling for increased border security in exchange for fully funding a humane and functioning asylum process. He proposed accepting the United States’ request to do so, as well as investing “billions of dollars into establishing a refugee recognition system.”equipment required above Mexican This includes any concessions or incentives that the Mexican government may need to accept the plan. ”

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New York City police officer sitting in a police car. (Spencer Pratt/Getty Images)

Borrelli said that when de Blasio was president, the City Council’s push to sever ties with federal authorities stemmed from Democrats in the city wanting to resist what they saw as “Trump policies” on immigration. he claimed.

“This was a reaction by the de Blasio administration and the City Council to push back on what they saw as President Trump’s policies. They didn’t care as long as they were doing everything they could to oppose President Trump. ” he said.

Borelli said the local law is currently backfiring as New Yorkers and others question the logic of the law.

“It completely backfires when people start asking, ‘What’s the logic behind why people who are in the country illegally would commit crimes against New Yorkers and other people?'” Here’s the thing in the first place: Even if you’re a progressive who’s sympathetic to the people coming, there’s limited evidence to keep them here,” Borelli said.

The killing of Laken Riley shocked many Americans and fueled anger about the Biden administration’s border policies. More than 7 million illegal immigrants have flooded the United States since President Biden took office in 2021, a number greater than the population of 36 individual states, a Fox News Digital analysis previously found. .

Riley was beaten so severely during the killing that his skull was deformed, investigators reported in an affidavit.

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Migrants cross the Rio Grande River at the U.S.-Mexico border on October 6, 2023, in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. (Alejandro Segarra/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“He’s a sick puppy,” Borelli told Fox Digital when asked about the brutal attack. ”[He] We hope that if we had a proper system for testing and deporting people, they would not have withstood the test. ”

Ybarra was taken into custody and charged with malice murder, murder, kidnapping, false imprisonment, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, concealing the death of another, and physically interfering with a 911 call, according to an affidavit filed. He has been charged with a misdemeanor. February 23rd.

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New York State Senate Republicans announced Wednesday a renaming of a bill that would allow local law enforcement agencies to cooperate with ICE. This law will now be known as “Laken’s Law” in Riley’s memory.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio makes a proclamation at a mass vaccination site at Yankee Stadium during the coronavirus pandemic in the Bronx, New York City on February 5, 2021. (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

“Because of New York State law and the New York State Sanctuary Act, local law enforcement must notify federal immigration officials when they detain someone, even if they are here, especially if they are in the country illegally. No,” the New York State Republican Party said. State Sen. Robert Ortto said at a press conference Wednesday.

“So even though Laken Riley’s killer was in law enforcement custody, even though he was charged with murder, because of the policies and laws passed by Democrats here in New York State, he was not able to get ICE or federal charges.” He was released without notifying the authorities.”


Ort argued that Riley “would still be alive today” if laws allowing law enforcement to cooperate with ICE had been in place at the time of Ybarra’s arrest by the NYPD.

“This is not an opinion. This is not my opinion. I am not divided. This is a fact. If this were the law in New York State, she would still be alive. Her family has You will have a daughter today,” he said.



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