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A wave of violent crimes taking place across the United States has been linked to Venezuelan immigrants, and the US government cannot deport any of them, as the South American country will not accept back any of its citizens.

An illegal immigrant originally from Venezuela has been charged in connection with the violent murder of Georgia nursing student Laken Riley on the University of Georgia campus on Thursday. José Antonio Ibarra, 26, the suspect, was released into the United States on parole, three ICE and DHS sources told Fox News.

In New York City, the NYPD is trying to crack down on a violent Venezuelan gang known as Tren de Aragua that it says is responsible for terrorizing residents with dozens of robberies in the Big Apple, where Now the scooter and moped group has been blamed. robberies and thefts in retail stores.

Authorities escort man in shackles to deportation flight

A man in shackles boards a Venezuelan deportation flight on October 18, 2023. (VERÓNICA G. CÁRDENAS/AFP via Getty Images)

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At least two of its members were arrested in connection with the shocking mob attack on two New York City police officers last month.

In a separate case in New York City, a 15-year-old Venezuelan migrant was arrested for shooting at police while fleeing a sports clothing store in Times Square, where police say he shot a security guard and ended up dead. hitting a tourist in the leg.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, four Venezuelan immigrants were arrested last week for allegedly robbing and beating a man on a CTA train in Chicago.

Some immigrants in the Windy City even told police they are committing crimes there just so they can be deported back to Venezuela.

Laken Riley wearing a medical gown in a grass field

Laken Riley poses for a photo posted on Facebook. Riley, a nursing student at the University of Georgia, was found dead near a lake on campus on Thursday, February 22, 2024. (Allyson Phillips/Facebook)

But deporting law-breaking Venezuelan immigrants became increasingly difficult for the U.S. government as the South American country broke an agreement to allow them to return home by plane from the United States and Mexico. Venezuela has stopped accepting flights of migrants deported from the United States and Mexico.

President Nicolás Maduro’s authoritarian regime is refusing to cooperate with deportation requests after Washington reimposed some of the economic sanctions it had previously lifted on Venezuela, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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An agreement between the two countries in October to bring illegal Venezuelan immigrants directly back to their home country was intended as a sign from the White House that it was aggressively addressing the issue in the wake of growing criticism.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro delivers the State of the Union address wearing a sash inspired by the flag.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has been accused of drug trafficking. (Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Biden administration attempted to lift sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the Trump administration, saying the impositions only exacerbated the ongoing economic and humanitarian crisis there. The United States estimates that 7.7 million Venezuelans have fled the country since Madura took office in 2013.

Under the agreement, the United States sent about 1,800 Venezuelans on 15 flights, but the agreement stalled last month and has now stopped, the Journal reports.

The United States had lifted sanctions on Venezuela’s oil industry and other sectors, while the Maduro regime agreed to allow elections later this year in hopes of reviving its economy.

Venezuela, located on the northern coast of South America with a population of around 28 million, has also claimed a resource-rich region from neighboring Guyana, prompting further warnings from the United States.

But last month Washington ordered an end to all commercial transactions between US entities and Venezuelan state mining company Minerven and said it would cancel its easing of energy sanctions if the Maduro administration did not honor the agreement and accept the conditions for a fair presidential election. .

The highest court of the South American country confirmed a ban that prevented the participation of the main opposition candidate, María Corina Machado, in the elections.

NYPD officer attacked

In January, NYPD officers were attacked by immigrants in Times Square, several of whom are Venezuelan. (NYPD)

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The United States reinstated sanctions on Venezuela’s gold sector on February 13 and now Madura is refusing to cooperate with deportations, meaning some of his violent criminals residing in the United States cannot be expelled.

Still, the Biden administration has deported only a small fraction of Venezuelan immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), just over 830 Venezuelan border crossings were reported in fiscal year 2023, which ended September 30, even though border authorities encountered 335,000 Venezuelan citizens. .

More than 201,000 of them were detained by Border Patrol agents after crossing illegally into the U.S. The rest were encountered at ports of entry, which would include paroles from the CBP One application to enter the U.S. USA

José Antonio Ibarra Mugshot

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)

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