February 28, 2024

White House Finally Releases Statement on Laken Riley's Murder at Hands of Illegal Immigrant

The White House faced criticism on Monday for what some considered a lackluster response to the tragic murder of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old college student at the University of Georgia, allegedly by Jose Ibarra, a 26-year-old Venezuelan immigrant living in the U.S. illegally.

In a statement issued by a White House spokesperson, condolences were extended to Riley's family, with an acknowledgment of the need for accountability "to the fullest extent of the law" for those found guilty.

The statement, lacking direct input from President Joe Biden, directed inquiries regarding the case to state law enforcement and ICE.

The response drew swift backlash from several Republican lawmakers, who criticized the administration's immigration policies and perceived lack of accountability.

Republican Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana criticized the absence of a statement from President Biden, while fellow GOP Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona questioned the administration's stance on holding individuals accountable for illegal border crossings.

Senator Tommy Tuberville of Alabama lamented the lack of remorse from Democrats regarding border policies, echoing sentiments expressed by Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, who emphasized the tragic consequences of the administration's handling of border security.

Other Republican representatives, including Eric Burlison of Missouri and Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, called for securing the border and ensuring justice for Riley.

Jeremy Redfern, press secretary for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, pointed to the broader implications of sanctuary city policies and open borders.

The National Immigration Center for Enforcement criticized the failure to detain and remove Ibarra when he entered the U.S. illegally in September 2022, highlighting missed opportunities for enforcement by law enforcement agencies.

ICE confirmed that Ibarra, who was arrested in New York City about a year later, was released before a detainer could be issued, leading to his relocation to Georgia.

The incident underscores the larger border crisis that stands out as a top problem for Biden in his reelection campaign.

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