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Laken Riley Act: What Is It? A lawmaker from the GOP will propose legislation to address the “illegal crime wave.”

Legislation allegedly being introduced by Rep. Mike Collins, R-Ga., would require ICE to hold undocumented immigrants accused of local larceny or burglary. This follows Laken Riley’s horrific murder. The illegal immigrant Jose Antonio Ibarra murdered the nursing student in Georgia.

The Laken Riley Act is being named in honor of the 22-year-old student. She was assaulted and murdered by Ibarra while out on a morning run, and she was discovered dead on the University of Georgia campus.

It has come to light that Ibarra was previously detained in New York on charges of putting a kid at risk. Along with his brother Diego Ibarra, he was also ticketed to Georgia in October 2023 for misdemeanor stealing.

The Laken Riley Act: What Is It?
Riley was assaulted in the 10th Congressional District of Athens, Georgia, which Collins represents. He called the murders a “wakeup call” for the United States. The purpose of the law is to counter the “illegal crime wave” that he claims the continuing border issue is causing.

“The senseless murder of Laken Riley by Jose Ibarra, who had no business being in this country, was another wakeup call as Americans experience an illegal alien crime wave because of Joe Biden’s open border and local sanctuary city policies,” Collins said on Fox News Digital.

He continued by saying that the measure seeks to stop these terrible events from happening due to the open southern border. The Republican representative said, “I wish we could bring Laken back, but we must now turn our focus to ensuring this doesn’t happen to another American.” “That’s why I introduced the Laken Riley Act.”

The measure would mandate that “illegal aliens who are charged or cited with local theft or burglary must have a detainer issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” If Athens, GA Police had contacted ICE about Jose Ibarra after he was charged with stealing, and ICE had issued a detainer and picked him up, Laken Riley might still be alive today. However, more severe offenses currently compel ICE to issue detainers.”

The federal government may also be sued by individual states “if an immigration-related action harms the state or its citizens.” Permit states to file a lawsuit against the federal government for injunctive relief in the event that the state or its residents are harmed by an immigration-related action (parole, breaking detention regulations, etc.). According to a news release introducing the act, “This gives states legal resources to force the federal government to address certain failures related to border security.”

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