The Hill: Venezuela won’t take its criminals back. So why does Biden keep taking them?

By Rep. Troy Nehls and Greg Sindelar | The Hill

Laken Hope Riley shouldn’t be a household name.

Laken, a 22-year-old nursing student at Georgia’s Augusta University, had a bright future ahead of her. Then her life was horrifically cut short last month by a Venezuelan national, who shouldn’t have been in the U.S. to begin with.

Laken was simply collateral damage in the Biden administration’s deadly political calculus. Laken’s alleged murderer, Jose Antonio Ibarra, unlawfully entered the U.S. near El Paso, Texas, in September 2022. He should have been stopped and removed. But like other Venezuelan nationals, he became part of Biden’s misguided catch-and-release experiment at the border, which has resulted in the avoidable bloodshed of many innocent Americans.

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