Illegal Immigrant In GA Murder Was Released From Custody Twice After Previous Arrests

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, Feb 26, 2024 - 04:20 PM

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Newly emerging details following the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra demonstrate the gross negligence that enabled him to enter into the country before taking residence in Georgia, ultimately leading to the murder of Laken Riley.

According to US Customers and Border Protection, Ibarra was arrested near the US-Mexico border on September 8, 2022 after entering the country illegally. Ibarra was subsequently released following his arrest before leaving Texas to take refuge in the sanctuary city that is Eric Adam's NYC, where he was able to find gainful employment as an Uber driver.

While University Of Georgia Chief Of Police Jeff Clark stated that Ibarra did not have an "extensive" criminal history at the time of his arrest, that categorization omitted the fact that the suspect was arrested again in NYC just one week after being released by US Customs And Border Protection after entering the US illegally. According to a statement made by Immigration And Customs Enforcement following his arrest: "New York City police also arrested Ibarra last September and charged him "with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation,"

Following his arrest in NYC, NYPD released Ibarra before ICE could issue a detainer to process him for deportation. However, city officials have challenged ICE's account stating that it did not have any record of Ibarra's previous arrest in NYC. Nevertheless, Ibarra left New York, moving to Athens, GA where he would be arrested in connection to Riley's murder. Unlike following his arrest in NYC, the Atlanta Field Office of ICE Enforcement And Removal Operations stated that they have successfully issued a detainer for Ibarra following his arrest in Georgia.

The catch and release policy that enabled Ibarra to be released from ICE and NYPD custody and find his way to Georgia exemplifies the deleterious ramifications Biden administration's reckless immigration policy making. Had Ibarra faced more swift action following his arrest in NYC, the tragedy of Laken Riley's murder could have been avoided entirely. This kafkaesque reality was not lost upon Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who took to X to blast the Biden administration for its failure to secure the border.

Ibarra's illegal immigration into the US from Venezuela has been speculated to have been assisted by the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society, a Jewish-American NGO that has facilitated immigrants from South America like Ibarra with their arduous journey to North America. Given the geographic barrier that the Darien Gap separating South and Central America poses, HIAS dedicates its resources to assist migrants in their perilous journey across the 60-mile uninhabited tropical wilderness. According to HIAS, nearly 250,000 migrants crossed the Darien Gap in 2022 alone. That number is expected to have risen above 500,000 in 2023 due to the assistance of HIAS, which has stationed a dedicated field office in the Darien Province of Panama. Ibarra's former employer Uber is one of many corporate sponsors of HIAS, highlighting the fascist-like synthesis of corporations and the state fueling the immigration crisis.

The chronology leading to the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra highlights the systematic failure of the Biden administration from securing the border to vetting any illegal immigrants for the danger their presence brings to the country. Despite the numerous failures of law enforcement on federal, state, and municipal levels illustrating how broken the country's immigration policy has become, mainsteam media outlets coverage has deflected away from that scrutiny. This callousness is epitomized by an AP article on Riley's murder which trivializes her death. The article uses Riley's murder to examine the "fears of solo female athletes" and though it mentions Ibarra as being the suspect arrested in her murder, he is referred to as an "Athens resident" with no mention of his immigration status made in the piece at all.

The AP take on Riley's death is a microcosm of the coordinated efforts of mainstream media sources to whitewash the immigration crisis. Although Riley's murder has since become a national story following Ibarra's arrest, sources like the AP have done their best to deter public perception aware from an earnest examination of the events that led to her death. This bias coverage detracts attention away from the Biden administration's enforcement of an immigration policy designed to flood the nation with illegal immigrants going into an election year as being the cause of the chain of events that led to the murder of Laken Riley.

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With 7.3 million illegal immigrants entering into the country since Joe Biden was inaugurated as president, the national security threat of an unsecured border has become perhaps the biggest issue heading into the 2024 Presidential Election. The border crisis has even overshadowed a stagnant economy and foreign policy that has seen entangle itself in several theaters of war abroad. While the Biden administration brushes off this premise as a racist alt-right fever dream, the reality of that threat has come to affect everyday life for the average american. In its most recent whitewashing of the immigration crisis, the media establishment has all but entirely blacked out the murder Laken Riley, a 22-year old nursing student in Georgia. The lack of coverage about her murder is ostensibly because she was killed by an illegal immigrant who was able to enter the country due to the Biden administration's open-border policy.





Riley was a junior enrolled at the Augusta University, studying in its nursing school. University authorities' worst nightmares were realized when her body was discovered early Thursday afternoon following reports she had gone missing after going for a jog around the intramural sports fields 2.5 miles from the nearby University Of Georgia's main campus in Athens where she had been a student until 2023. Riley's body was identified by the Athens-Clarke County Coroner's office on Friday morning. The coroner assigned blunt force trauma as the cause of death, according to University Of Georgia Police Chief Jeff Clark during a statement made following the identification of Riley's body. During that announcement, Clark also announced that 26 year-old Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra had been arrested in connection with Riley's murder.

Ibarra's brother Diego was also arrested on Friday, though for charges unrelated to Riley's murder. Diego Ibarra was taken into state custody although charged federally for possession of a fraudulent green card, a crime that likely facilitated his brother's illegal immigration from Venezuela into the US where he took residence in Athens, GA. Diego Ibarra was arrested for the fake green card when he presented it to police who asked to speak to him because he matched the description of the suspect in Riley's murder police took from campus security footage from where she went missing.

Jose Antonio Ibarra

Friends, family, and the University Of Georgia mourned Riley's death, lauding the young woman for her academic excellence and exceptional character. “She received her honorary white coat in August of 2023, symbolizing humanism, compassion, and the start of her nurse’s journey,” the university remarked. “Not only was she a bright and dedicated student, but she had the distinct honor of making the Fall 2023 Dean’s List.” A close connection to the Riley family released a statement regarding Laken's death on their behalf which stated "Laken was an amazing daughter, sister, friend and overall person in general. Her love for the Lord was exemplified in every aspect of her life. She will be missed every day, but we promise to honor her life moving forward in a very big way," the statement read, going on to say "During this most difficult time, we ask that you respect our privacy, and provide us the time and space necessary to grieve our daughter’s life that was tragically cut short."

Subsequent to Ibarra's arrest, campus police have recommended he be charged with felony murder, false imprisonment, kidnapping, and concealing the death of another. Despite the litany of charges being sought and the gruesome nature of Riley's murder, police stated they believe that Ibarra's crime was an isolated incident and that he was not a suspect in any other on-going investigations in the area. Police described the murder as a crime of opportunity and said there was no evidence that Ibarra had any underlying motive or that he knew Riley beforehand. “The evidence suggests that this was a solo act,” Clark stated, adding there were “no indications of a continuing threat to the community related to this case at this time.”

Although the tragedy of Riley's murder is befitting of a true crime mystery series that Netflix would capitalize on in a heartbeat, her death has received little attention by their mainstream media cohorts. Despite the hours and hours of airtime dedicated to the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who died in 2020 as a means of launching the country onto the cusp of an all out race war, Riley's death defies mainstream narratives about the threat the US' open border with Mexico and is thus verboten from the same kind of coverage.

That media blackout obfuscates the reality that unfettered immigration into the US presents an innate threat to citizens. Since the 2021 fiscal year, Border Patrol has arrested 43,674 criminal non-citizens. US Customs And Border Protection defines the term criminal non-citizen as any individual who has been convicted of one or more crimes either in the US or abroad before behind interdicted by immigration officials. The metric also discounts criminal convictions abroad for crimes not illegal in the US. Of those 43,674 criminal non-citizens arrested, violent crimes accounted for over of their 8,000 preexisting convictions. Murder convictions related to 165 of those arrests, while sex crime convictions comprised nearly 10 times that amount with 1,210 having been documented by Border Patrol. Despite being on the books, these figures have received as little coverage by legacy media outlets as Riley's murder has.

Although the media establishment remains silent about the murder of Laken Riley, it can do little to silence the uproar against the Biden administration's manufactured immigration crisis. Even staunch supporters of the Democratic Party have come to express their disapproval of how the border is being handled amid approval ratings for Biden falling to all-time lows. What the coverage surrounding Riley's murder reflects is that there are no lengths the mainstream media will go to in order to push the political agenda fueling the immigration crisis, proving that innocent American lives are little more than political capital when it comes to pushing that agenda.