Republicans call for Biden to target Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua after Laken Riley murder

Hispanic Republicans in Congress have pushed President Joe Biden to take sweeping action against the Venezuelan gang Tren de Aragua after one of its reported members was arrested in the kidnapping and murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX), and Rep. María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) led seven senators and 16 House lawmakers who sent the White House a letter Friday that demanded the Biden administration immediately declare the South American gang a Transnational Criminal Organization.

“Heinous crimes committed by the Tren de Aragua, like the rapes of multiple children and the murders of retired police officer José Luis Sánchez Valera and nursing student Laken Riley, must stop,” the 23 lawmakers wrote in the letter. “By designating the Tren de Aragua as a TCO, we will send a clear message that its reign
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