White House addresses Laken Riley murder as Republicans cast blame on Biden’s border policy

The White House addressed for the first time publicly on Wednesday the alleged kidnapping and murder of a University of Georgia nursing student by an illegal immigrant.

Republicans have pointed to the murder of 22-year-old Laken Riley as evidence of President Joe Biden‘s flawed approach to the southern border and immigration reform. The man accused of murdering Riley, Jose Antonio Ibarra, is a Venezuelan national believed to have been released into the country by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2022 after entering the country illegally.

“I do want to extend our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Laken Hope Riley,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during Wednesday’s press briefing. “Given this is an active case, I’m going to be really careful about speaking to that case. More specifically, we’d have to refer
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