Laken Riley’s Dad Urges Governor To Declare Illegal Invasion

Jason Riley, the father of Laken Riley — the Augusta University nursing student that an illegal immigrant murdered in February — urged the governor of Georgia to declare that the state is under invasion by illegal immigrants while speaking before the Georgia state Senate Wednesday.

A 26-year-old Venezuelan illegal immigrant, José Antonio Ibarra, is the suspect in the felony malice murder, false imprisonment, and kidnapping case after he allegedly abducted and murdered Riley while she was jogging near the University of Georgia (UGA) on Feb. 22. The UGA police arrested him soon after the murder along with several others, but detained only Ibarra.

According to the Athens-Clarke County Coroner, Riley died from blunt force trauma. She was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority and ran on the cross-country team in high school. She had three siblings.

“I stand before you, a heartbroken man,” Riley’s father told the Georgia state Senate on Wednesday, where he visited lawmakers after they passed a resolution to honor his daughter’s memory. “Part of my purpose has been taken. God gave me a beautiful daughter to father, protect, provide for and nurture.”

Riley said his daughter’s murderer has an “evil heart” and should not have been in Georgia or the United States in the first place because he was in the country after immigrating illegally. “A man with an evil heart stole her life. He was in this country and in this state illegally. My vision for every senator in this chamber is that you protect citizens from this illegal invasion.”

“Please recognize Athens-Clarke as a sanctuary city, and this policy and the lack of action, led to the murder of my daughter,” Riley said. “There are a few of you in this chamber that are standing up and working on that solution to protect us. For that, my family is thankful.”

“Governor Kemp, please declare an invasion to detain and deport criminal illegals so we can prevent future families from those tragedies,” he continued. “Hundreds of women and children each month… are being smuggled, coerced, and trafficked in our state.”