The House Judiciary Committee Republicans have initiated an investigation into the alleged rape and murder of a 20-year-old autistic woman by an alleged MS-13 gang member, who had illegally crossed the border and was previously arrested. The individual was released into the United States by the Biden administration. The suspect had been apprehended as an unaccompanied minor at the US-Mexico border.
In a letter sent late Monday, Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) requested that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra provide an explanation for the release of a known gang member from El Salvador from the custody of both departments. The individual was subsequently allowed to reside in the United States.
He wrote, “The Biden Administration’s open-border policies have created vulnerabilities that criminal aliens and gang members exploit to the detriment of American citizens,” Jordan and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), chairman of an immigration subcommittee, wrote in a letter to Becerra. “Pursuant to the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee on the Judiciary is authorized to conduct oversight of federal immigration policy and procedures.”
The full statement reads:
“The Biden Administration’s open-border policies have created vulnerabilities that criminal aliens and gang members exploit to the detriment of American citizens,” Jordan and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), chairman of an immigration subcommittee, wrote in a letter to Becerra. “Pursuant to the Rules of the House of Representatives, the Committee on the Judiciary is authorized to conduct oversight of federal immigration policy and procedures.”
The decision to investigate follows pleas from the victim Kayla Hamilton’s mother, Tammy Nobles, to explain why a known criminal slipped through the immigration system and onto the streets of Aberdeen, Maryland, before killing the 20-year-old woman in her bedroom. The Republicans cited the Washington Examiner’s reporting in their letters to the Biden administration.
The suspect, whose name has not been released because of his age, was apprehended in Rio Grande City, Texas, in March 2022 and taken into custody by federal Border Patrol agents. As is protocol, the suspect was turned over to HHS, which is tasked by Congress with caring for unaccompanied children and finding sponsors to release them to within the U.S.
“The suspect was arrested at the border in Rio Grande City, Texas,” Nobles previously told the Washington Examiner. “We do not know if his background was checked or not.”
Police in Aberdeen learned earlier this year that he was an MS-13 gang member, but it is not known whether he was on the federal government’s radar or if federal police performed a background screening when he entered the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, did not disclose in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner in February if it screened the suspect at the border.
Many critics of illegal immigration argue that individuals who cross the border illegally are more likely to engage in criminal activity because they have already broken the law. They also make the point that the lack of legal documentation and fear of deportation make it easier for illegal immigrants to engage in criminal activity without being detected.
Deport all haters of America,Biden you listening
Well, I hear there is a fabulous new prison in El Salvador made just for gang members…he should be sent there