GOP senators seek Laken Riley murder suspect’s immigration records

Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans are demanding Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas explain why the suspect in the Laken Riley murder was paroled into the United States.

Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student, was killed while on a morning run near the University of Georgia last week. Jose Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, has been arrested and charged with Riley’s murder. Ibarra, 26, entered the U.S. in late 2022 and was released by authorities due to a lack of detention space.

The killing has sparked outrage at the federal government’s continued inaction on the border crisis and comes just one week after U.S. Border Patrol officials announced that agents apprehended over 6,400 illegal immigrants with criminal convictions in fiscal 2024.

“We are deeply saddened by this senseless and preventable act of violence, and we write today demanding answers about how
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