More Details Emerge About Illegal University of Georgia Nurse Killer

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( – On Sunday, it was confirmed by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that the suspect of the murder of Laken Riley, a nursing student from the University of Georgia, had entered the country illegally in 2022. He had an additional arrest in New York City. 

Fox News in a report had noted that Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, had been charged with 22-year-old Riley’s death on the university campus. The man had crossed into the United States illegally near El Paso in September 2022 and has been released into the country’s interior on parole. 

ICE in a statement to Fox News Digital confirmed that the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had encountered Ibarra early in September 2022 and that he had been released into the country for further processing while under parole. 

ICE further confirmed that Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department around a year after his original entry into the country on Sept 14, 2023, with charges relating to “acting in a manner to injure a child” as well as a “motor vehicle license violation.”

After ICE was informed about what it believes is a removable illegal immigrant who is facing criminal charges, the agency would normally request for local law enforcement to keep the suspect in custody until they can be transferred to ICE where they will end up being deported.

In a statement, ICE has argued that Ibarra would be released before the issuing of a detainer. He further pointed out that New York City is a “sanctuary city” which would generally block law enforcement from complying with detainers by ICE. 

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