House Passes Laken Riley Act Requiring Detention of Migrants Charged with Theft or Burglary

House Passes Laken Riley Act Requiring Detention of Migrants Charged with Theft or Burglary

In a significant development, the House of Representatives has passed the Laken Riley Act, a bill that mandates the detention of migrants charged with theft or burglary by federal immigration authorities. The legislation, named after 22-year-old Georgia nursing student Laken Riley, who was tragically murdered by Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal migrant, aims to address the issue of criminal activity committed by undocumented individuals. The bill received bipartisan support, with 37 Democrats joining all Republicans in voting in favor of the measure.

The Laken Riley Act calls for the reinstatement of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, which required asylum-seekers to wait for their immigration hearings south of the border. Additionally, it amends federal law to compel Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to issue detainers and take custody of migrants who enter the country illegally and commit theft-related crimes. The legislation also grants state attorneys general the ability to sue the secretary of Homeland Security if immigration actions, such as parole, harm a state or its citizens.

During the debate on the bill, Rep. Mike Collins (R-Ga.), the author of the legislation, emphasized the importance of preventing similar tragedies from occurring in the future. He urged his colleagues to support the bill as a means to restore the rule of law and remove criminal illegal aliens from American streets. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) expressed her disappointment that all five Democratic members of Georgia’s congressional delegation voted against the bill, stating that their alignment with President Biden’s open border policies was disgraceful.

The bill’s namesake, Laken Riley, lost her life on February 22 at the hands of Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old illegal migrant. Ibarra had entered the US illegally in September 2022 and had multiple encounters with law enforcement prior to Riley’s murder. Despite being charged with a felony in New York and accused of shoplifting in Georgia, Ibarra managed to avoid deportation. He was eventually arrested and charged with various offenses, including malice murder, in connection with Riley’s killing.

As the article highlights, some Republican lawmakers have called on President Biden to mention Laken Riley’s murder during his State of the Union address. However, Riley’s parents declined an invitation to attend the event, and Rep. Collins intends to leave a vacant seat in honor of Laken and all American victims of illegal alien crime.

Author: CrimeDoor

2 Responses

  1. The passing of the Laken Riley Act by the House of Representatives is like a double-edged sword. On one hand, it aims to address the issue of migrants charged with theft or burglary by ensuring their detention by federal immigration authorities. This can be compared to a security system installed in a house, which helps protect the residents from potential intruders.

    However, on the other hand, this act raises concerns about the potential consequences and implications it may have on innocent migrants who are wrongly accused. It

  2. While I understand the need for immigration laws and border security, I have concerns about the Laken Riley Act. Mandating the detention of migrants charged with theft or burglary seems like a blanket approach that may not take into account individual circumstances. It is important to remember that not all migrants are criminals, and many are fleeing dangerous situations in their home countries. Instead of focusing solely on detention, I believe it would be more effective to invest in comprehensive immigration reform that addresses the root causes of migration and provides pathways

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