House overwhelmingly passes “Laken Riley Act”

by ian

The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed the Laken Riley Act, which would require immigration officials to detain illegal aliens charged with crimes.

The bill is named in honor of the 22-year-old University of Georgia nursing student who was killed by an illegal immigrant. The legislation passed 251 to 170, with 37 Democrats joining every Republican to support it. Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) called on Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and President Joe Biden to immediately pass and sign the bill into law.

Georgia Republican Rep. Mike Collins, who introduced the bill, said the legislation will ultimately help law enforcement officials do their job.

The representative invited Riley’s parents to attend the State of the Union address last night. They politely declined but did request that the bill be named after their daughter, to honor her memory.