Biden Ignores Laken Riley’s Murder During Crime Speech

President Joe Biden speaks during the Truman Civil Rights Symposium at the National Archives Building, Thursday, July 27, 2023, in Washington. Biden on Friday plans to sign an executive order while visiting Maine to encourage companies to manufacture new inventions in the U.S. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden failed to mention the recent death of a University of Georgia nursing student, allegedly killed by an illegal immigrant, while giving a speech on his efforts to address crime across the country.

Biden gave an unexpected address on “his Actions to Fight Crime and Make Our Communities Safer” on Wednesday, emphasizing that “public safety and crime reduction” are a top priority for him and his administration. Despite Biden’s emphasis on public safety, he ignored the recent death of Laken Riley, a 22-year-old University of Georgia student, who was allegedly killed by Jose Antonio Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela.

Riley’s friends reported her missing Thursday after she failed to return from a run on campus, The New York Times reported. The 22-year-old was found by university police in a patch of forest by a lake with “visible injuries” and was unconscious and not breathing. Jeffrey Clark, the chief of university police, said Riley died of “blunt force trauma.”

On Monday, Maryland police charged another illegal immigrant, 25-year-old Nilson Trejo-Granados of El Salvador, with the murder of a 2-year-old who, along with his mother, was caught in a cross-fire between several suspects. During his time in the U.S., Trejo-Granados reportedly developed a rap sheet and was even ordered out of the country by a DOJ immigration judge in Newark, New Jersey, in November 2022.

The alleged murders have sparked backlash to Biden’s handling of the border crisis as migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border hit record highs. During December, Customs and Border Protection logged more than 300,000 migrant encounters at the southern border, the highest month on record. January 2024 notched the highest migrant encounters in comparison to previous months on record.

Following his remarks, Biden took several questions from the press on his annual checkup at Walter Reed Hospital and the news that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell would be stepping down from his leadership position. The president was not asked, nor did he use the time, to talk about Riley’s death.