Governor of Georgia Signs New Bill Making Jailer Check Immigration Status of Inmates

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A law signed by Republican Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has now mandated that correctional facilities collaborate with federal immigration authorities and verify the immigration status of incarcerated individuals.

Legislation (HB1105) poses a risk of financial sanctions against sheriff’s offices that refuse to collaborate with federal immigration officials regarding individuals in their custody who are presumed to be unlawfully present in the country.

Jose Ibarra, a Venezuelan illegal immigrant, was accused with the homicide of Laken Riley, 22, after her body was discovered in a wooded area near the University of Georgia in Athens.

Riley died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to an autopsy; further investigation revealed that Ibarra had dragged her corpse to a secluded area in an effort to conceal his alleged crime.

Malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, kidnapping, impeding a 911 call, and concealing the demise of another were among the allegations brought against Ibarra.

Ibarra was apprehended in New York in 2022 on a charge of intentionally causing bodily harm to a minor under the age of seventeen.

In the wake of an unprecedented crisis at the southern border, immigration officials have documented more than 9.5 million encounters and an estimated 1.7 million illegal immigrant egresses since Joe Biden assumed office, prompting the enactment of the new Georgia law.

A mere 445,000 reported getaways occurred throughout the years 2018, 2019, and 2020 while the Trump administration was in office.

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