Republican Lawmakers Demand Information on Venezuelan Murder Suspect’s Illegal Entry into the US

Republican lawmakers have called on the Biden administration to provide Congress with detailed information regarding how Jose Antonio Ibarra, a Venezuelan national suspected of murdering Georgia nursing student Laken Riley, illegally entered the United States. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-Ga.) have demanded that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas provide Ibarra’s immigration records, including his “alien file,” immigration detention status, and history.

The lawmakers have also requested information on all of Ibarra’s entries into the US, as well as whether Customs and Border Protection officials were aware of any “derogatory information” during his screening process. In a separate letter, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) has asked Mayorkas to turn over all documents and communications related to Ibarra between his office, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The congressmen argue that criminal aliens exploit vulnerabilities in the nation’s immigration system, and they believe that the Biden administration’s border and immigration policies increase the likelihood of such individuals successfully entering and remaining in the US. They have requested the information by March 12 to assist in the Judiciary Committee’s oversight of federal immigration policy and procedures.

Ibarra entered the US illegally in El Paso, Texas, on September 8, 2022, with his wife and her son, seeking asylum. He was later released “for further processing,” according to ICE. Last August, he faced a felony charge in New York for allegedly allowing his 5-year-old stepson to ride with him on a scooter without a safety helmet or required child restraints. However, he managed to avoid deportation. Ibarra was arrested again last week in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, and charged with the kidnapping and murder of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old August University student. Riley was killed while jogging on the University of Georgia campus in Athens, where she had previously attended.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) has criticized the Biden administration, stating that the murderer of Laken Riley was one of the millions of illegal aliens released into the country. The tragic incident has raised serious concerns about the security of the nation and the potential for criminal aliens to exploit the vulnerabilities created by the administration’s open-border policies.

Author: CrimeDoor

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