Opinion: DHS Releases Killer of Laken Riley Due to Detention Space Shortage, Lawmakers Slam Mayorkas for Laken Riley Murder

By DevEvil News | Created at 2024-04-18 23:37:03 | Updated at 2024-06-17 01:27:21 1 month ago
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Written by Sadra A. & Lisa Jackson



Republican lawmakers heavily criticized Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, during a Senate hearing regarding the release of Jose Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela. Ibarra is accused of murdering Georgia nursing student, Laken Riley, while she was jogging on February 22 at the University of Georgia in Athens. The lawmakers highlighted the release of Ibarra and subsequent actions, which revealed a system that fails to protect innocent lives.



On September 8, 2022, U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered Ibarra, who was later paroled and released for further processing, confirms Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to Fox News Digital.


Lawmakers pointed to the case file that revealed Ibarra's release was due to an alleged lack of detention space, despite data suggesting otherwise. The statute governing parole clearly stipulates that releases are permissible only under urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit, criteria that many argue Ibarra's case did not meet. Republicans accused officials of abusing parole authority and prioritizing leniency over public safety.



Ranking Member Rand Paul questioned Mayorkas about the legality of Ibarra's parole. However, Mayorkas said that he would not comment on the case. which further frustrated lawmakers who wanted accountability for the failures that led to Laken Riley's tragic death. Despite repeated attempts to obtain answers from Mayorkas, his responses remained vague and non-committal, leading to speculation about the true extent of the administration's culpability.

"All our hearts break for the family of Miss Riley. Secondly, the perpetrator of this heinous criminal act needs to meet justice to the fullest extent of the law. And I will not comment on the particulars of the case, because the matter is being prosecuted by authorities now," he said.

When Paul followed up, he asked the secretary if Mayorkas was pleading the Fifth. Mayorkas replied "I have provided my answer," but later expanded.

"There are different bases for parole. I am not a legal expert in this regard, but let me assure you that when an individual is encountered at the border, and they are deemed to be at the time of encounter a threat to public safety or national security, they are a priority for detention," he said. "If not, they receive a notice to appear and are placed in immigration enforcement proceedings. The number of individuals encountered at the border exceed the number of beds available in our detention facilities. That is not something specific to this administration."

Senator Josh Hawley further escalated the confrontation by revealing damning details from Ibarra's parole file, exposing a pattern of negligence and disregard for public safety. Despite Ibarra's criminal record and previous accusations of crime against a child in New York, he was inexplicably granted a work permit and allowed to move freely within our communities. Hawley's scathing criticism of Mayorkas uncovered the devastating consequences of flawed policies and bureaucratic incompetence, leaving no room for excuses or equivocation.


"Nothing is done to this guy. He had a criminal record to start with, he's in the country on illegal grounds. You have falsely and illegally allowed him in. He committed a crime against a child. He's not prosecuted, it's expunged. In November, get this, in November, Ibarra files an application for employment authorization. And unbelievably, on December 9, 2023, it's approved," he said.
"So this is your policies in action, Mr. Secretary," he said.
"I am confident that justice will be vindicated in the criminal prosecution of the case," Mayorkas responded.

Furthermore, Senator Roger Marshall pointed out flaws in the CHNV parole program, which allows up to 30,000 migrants a month to fly or travel directly into the U.S. via parole, This has led to concerns about national security and public safety. Mayorkas's weak attempts to deflect criticism only highlight the need to address systemic failures that put innocent lives in danger and undermine the very fabric of our society.


"Why are you mass importing tens of thousands of Venezuelans into our country via parole, knowing they can't be deported, because Venezuela isn't exactly accepting removal flights? He asked him.
"We are not doing that, senator," Mayorkas said. "The term ‘importation’ is incorrect."

In light of these revelations, it becomes imperative to confront the harsh reality of flawed policies and bureaucratic incompetence. The tragic loss of Laken Riley serves as a stark reminder of the consequences of misguided leniency and lax enforcement. When we allow unvetted, uneducated & uncultured individuals with dubious backgrounds into our country, we jeopardize the safety and well-being of our communities.

The time for accountability is now. We must demand transparency, accountability, and decisive action to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Our immigration system must prioritize the safety and security of American citizens above all else. Let us honor the memory of Laken Riley by ensuring that her untimely death serves as a catalyst for meaningful change.