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Senate Judiciary GOP to Secretary Mayorkas: Release File On Migrant Murder Suspect’s Immigration Parole Status

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, led Committee Republicans today in demanding answers on why Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra was paroled into the United States. By law, immigration parole is only to be granted at the discretion of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on a case-by-case basis, in instances of “urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit.” Ibarra is the suspect charged in the murder of Augusta University student Laken Riley.

The Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans wrote to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, “We are deeply saddened by this senseless and preventable act of violence, and we write today demanding answers about how Ibarra was allowed to enter and remain in the United States.”

They continued, “We demand that you show us your work. No later than March 8th, please provide us with a copy of the case file for Jose Antonio Ibarra, including the record showing what urgent humanitarian reason or significant public benefit justified the decision to grant him parole.”

Full text of the letter is HERE.