Georgia nursing student’s murder at the heart of the US immigration debate

Authorities claim that as Laken Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student at the University of Georgia, was out for her morning run, a stranger dragged her into a remote place and killed her. The incident sent shockwaves through the campus as police looked for a possible suspect. The tragedy became the focal point of the 2024 presidential campaign with the arrest of a Venezuelan man who had entered the country illegally and was permitted to remain to pursue his immigration case. The fatal beating of the Augusta University student was attributed by former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden and his border policy. “Open-border elites” were attacked by a conservative news outlet for tolerating the murder of women like Riley as “collateral damage.

 

For Trump, it’s old territory; to begin his 2016 presidential campaign, he said that Mexicans were “bringing crime.” They commit rapes. And some of them are probably good people. During his presidency, he established an office for families whose loved ones had been victims of horrific crimes by immigrants; however, Biden swiftly dissolved this agency. With the nation’s flawed immigration system causing budgetary hardship in places like New York, Chicago, and Denver and dividing some Democrats, the question has become a key campaign issue.

 

Trump has intensified his vitriol against immigrants, claiming that they are “poisoning the blood” of the nation. Furthermore, despite the lack of data to support his allegations, he and other Republicans have stated that immigrants commit crimes more frequently than Americans of the United States. After Trump denounced a bipartisan border security agreement, Biden has chastised Republicans for abandoning it. On Thursday, he will travel to Brownsville, a border city in Texas, while Trump will be at Eagle Pass, another border city in Texas. “Crooked Joe Biden’s Border INVASION is destroying our country and killing our citizens,” Trump said on social media. Laken Riley, 22, was horrifically murdered at the University of Georgia, and it never should have occurred!

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