Georgia Republicans Advance Bill Targeting Sanctuary Cities After Laken Riley’s Murder

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Republicans in the Georgia State House of Representatives have advanced legislation aimed at addressing the impact of illegal immigration, by targeting officials in sanctuary cities who refuse to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The move comes after the tragic murder of Laken Riley, a nursing student who was assaulted by an individual who was residing in the country illegally.

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The bill, if passed, would impose consequences on “sheriffs and jailers” who fail to collaborate with ICE to deport illegals who commit violent crimes.

The murder of Riley by Venezuelan national Jose Antonio Ibarra has reignited discussions around sanctuary city policies and their implications for public safety, as the nation contends with a three-year-long border crisis. The horrific incident prompted Republicans in the state legislature to take this action.

Interestingly enough, the White House has also addressed the sanctuary city issue, calling on those officials to assist in the apprehension and removal of illegal aliens who pose a threat to national and public safety.

The debate over sanctuary cities is not new. Over recent years, states like Texas have taken to transporting asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to blue cities with sanctuary status, to force them to share the burden that their policies have placed on much of the country. This has motivated some Democratic politicians to criticize the Biden administration for its failure to handle the problem at the southern border. Even New York City Mayor Eric Adams appears to have had a change of heart when it comes to sanctuary laws.

As Georgia pushes forward with the legislation, the national conversation on immigration policy and public safety continues, as America goes through another election year. Immigration will likely play a significant role in shaping the outcome of the race.


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