CNN Says ‘Little Evidence Indicating A Connection Between Immigration And Crime’ After Illegal Immigrant Charged with Murder of Augusta University Nursing Student


A 22-year-old nursing student from Augusta University, Laken Riley, was reportedly killed during her morning jog last week.

The suspect charged in relation to this tragic event, Jose Antonio Ibarra, is a 26-year-old Venezuelan national who entered the United States unlawfully in September 2022. Despite his illegal status, he was granted parole into the country.

Ibarra’s past run-ins with law enforcement include an arrest by the NYPD last year. He was charged with “acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.” The murder of Riley and Ibarra’s arrest have reignited a national debate about illegal immigration and crime. However, as noted by CNN, there’s scant evidence to suggest a direct correlation between immigration and crime saying, “Ibarra’s status as an undocumented Venezuelan migrant is now being touted by several state and national GOP leaders to support their calls for tighter border security – though there is little evidence indicating a connection between immigration and crime.”

This event has caught the attention of Georgia’s Republican governor, Brian Kemp, who has been vocal about his views on border security. In a letter to President Biden, Governor Kemp expressed his concern over the perceived detrimental effects of a porous southern border on every state in the nation. Kemp underscored the influx of over nine million illegal immigrants since Biden took office and highlighted the seizure of substantial quantities of drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamines at the border.

Governor Kemp’s letter also pointed out the lack of response from the Biden administration to requests for detailed data on unlawful border crossings, relocation efforts, and asylum claim processing. He urged the President to break his silence and provide Americans with information about people entering the country illegally and the challenges each state faces due to perceived federal oversight failures.

Governor Kemp’s concerns extend beyond the national level, as he posed specific questions about the circumstances surrounding Laken Riley’s death. He emphasized that these tragic incidents are not confined to Georgia alone and called for federal action to secure the border and prevent similar occurrences nationwide.

In conclusion, the murder of Laken Riley has reignited the debate on immigration and crime, with Georgia’s Governor Brian Kemp calling for more stringent border control measures. While the connection between immigration and crime remains a contentious issue, there is widespread agreement that this tragic event has left a profound impact on the people of Georgia and the nation at large.