This op-ed originally appeared in the Washington Times on March 1, 2024

The recent killing of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley has understandably shaken the state of Georgia and the nation.

Make no mistake, her death is the direct result of the intentional border policies of the Biden administration. That’s not hyperbole; it is a demonstrable fact. It is interesting to note, however, that The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has gone to outrageous lengths to hide this. According to Georgia’s largest newspaper, the suspect is merely an “Athens resident.”

Here is the reality: Jose Ibarra, who is charged with murder in the young woman’s death, is not from Athens nor anywhere else in Georgia, and he’s not an American. He is from Venezuela, and he made an asylum claim after crossing the southern border illegally and being apprehended in 2022, knowing that the Biden administration would release him into American communities.

That is exactly what happened, even though historical data indicates the asylum claim would be denied. Comments his wife recently made to the media suggest that they orchestrated their asylum claims to exploit Biden administration policies. Less than two years later, a promising young life is gone because of the failed policies of the Biden administration and dangerous sanctuary city policies in far-left cities and states.

If America First border security policies had been in place, Mr. Ibarra would have never been allowed into the United States. According to reports, he was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol while crossing the southern border unlawfully with his wife and young child. The detention of families is indeed challenging, and further restrictions have been imposed by a single federal district court judge who improperly reinterpreted the law.

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