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Georgia Republican Governor Brian Kemp is demanding answers from the White House following the tragic murder of 22-year-old nursing student Laken Hope Riley on the University of Georgia campus.

The letter came as Jose Antonio Ibarra, 26, was charged as a suspect in the murder of the 22-year-old nursing student on the UGA campus.

Three ICE and DHS sources told Fox News that Ibarra is a Venezuelan citizen who illegally crossed into El Paso, Texas, in September 2022 and was released into the US on parole.

Kemp addressed a letter to President Biden on Saturday morning, asking for clarification and demanding that the White House secure the southern border.

“Frankly, Mr. President, your continued silence in response to these reasonable requests is outrageous,” Kemp wrote in the letter, which was published in X. “The American people deserve to know who is illegally entering our country because of the failures of their administration. , and what risks and challenges each state must face now.”


In the letter, Kemp sought information about Ibarra’s current immigration status and why the administration had reportedly stressed the urgency of sharing the suspect’s immigration status quickly.

“Why was my administration not informed about the asylum claims and subsequent release of an illegal resident who presented fraudulent identification?” -Kemp asked. “What is the current immigration status of José Antonio Ibarra and why has this information not been conveyed to my administration?”

“What additional information does your administration have about these individuals and the circumstances surrounding their entry into the country?” -Kemp asked.

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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at Shelby Park in Eagle Pass, Texas, on February 4, 2024. (Sergio Flores/AFP via Getty Images/File)

Kemp emphasized how his administration was forced to rely on unofficial sources and leaks to the media for information about Ibarra, rather than ICE and DHS officials.

He asserted that answers should be provided publicly about Ibarra’s immigration status as soon as possible to ensure that state and local officials have the information necessary to safeguard communities.

“While media reporting on this case has been based on sources and leaks from their own federal agencies, answers to these basic questions must be provided publicly as soon as possible to ensure that state and local officials have the information we need to keep our communities safe,” Kemp said.

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president biden (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images/File)

Kemp demanded that the federal government secure the border before Riley’s fate is “repeated across the country.”

“These tragedies are not unique to Georgia. While we will continue to support Texas with National Guard resources as we have done since 2019, federal action to secure the border is the only way to comprehensively address (sic) this crisis in course and ensure the horrible death of Laken Riley. The fate is not repeated across the country,” Kemp said. “However, if he continues to refuse to exercise his authority as president, his administration must provide the information necessary for Georgia and other states to protect our citizens.”

The White House insisted on Friday that House Republicans are standing in the way of a solution to what Biden has called a “broken” immigration system.

“Over the last few months, we worked with Republican senators and also with Democrats in the Senate to try to reach a fair and tough solution. piece of legislation that would address border security,” press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters at the daily White House briefing.

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Jose Ibarra, who was originally detained Friday by the UGA Police Department in connection with Riley’s death, is now not believed to have had a connection to the victim. (Clarke County Sheriff’s Office)


Jean-Pierre noted that a bipartisan agreement reached last month had been endorsed by the Border Patrol union before Johnson declared it “dead on arrival.”

“President Johnson has gotten in the way of this,” he added. “We did our job. The Senate They did their job in a bipartisan manner.

Ibarra was arrested for UGA Police Friday and has been charged with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another person, said UGA Police Chief Jeffrey L. Clark, during a news conference Friday night.

Riley, an Augusta University nursing student, was found dead Thursday after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta University’s Athens campus.


According to an incident report obtained by Fox News Digital, several officers began searching for Riley near Intramural Fields around 12:07 p.m. At 12:38, a UGA police officer saw her on the ground.

Laken Riley smiles for a photo while running

Laken Riley smiles for a photo while running. Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia, was found dead near a lake on campus on Thursday. (Laken Riley/Instagram)

“I called Riley and got no answer,” the officer wrote.

He had visible injuries and police were unable to locate a pulse. They CPR started anyway. A sergeant arrived with a defibrillator minutes later and tried, unsuccessfully, to resuscitate the victim.

Autopsy results were still pending Friday, but authorities said they were investigating his death as a homicide. Clark said it appeared as if she had been killed by blunt force trauma.


Kemp’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’ Michael Ruiz, Chris Pandolfo and Bill Melugin contributed to this report.

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