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Lindsey Graham says DHS told him Laken Riley’s alleged murderer was paroled into US illegally

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., posted to social media that the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to him that Laken Riley’s alleged murderer was paroled into the U.S. illegally because the Central Processing Center in El Paso, Texas, was capped.

Jose Ibarra, an illegal immigrant from Venezuela, has been charged in the murder of Riley. The 22-year-old Augusta University nursing school student was killed Feb. 22, while jogging at the University of Georgia in Athens.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confirmed with Fox News Digital previously that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered Ibarra Sept. 8, 2022, and he was “paroled and released for further processing.”

Now, Graham has found out more about Ibarra’s release.

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“DHS just confirmed to me that the man charged with Laken Riley’s murder was paroled into the U.S. illegally, ‘due to detention capacity at the Central Processing Center in El Paso, Texas,’” Graham posted to X on Tuesday. “He wasn’t granted parole because he provided a significant benefit to the country or that he had a humanitarian need, as the law requires.”

Graham also accused the Biden administration of breaking the law at the expense of innocent Americans.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks with members of the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Department of Homeland Security did not immediately respond to inquiries from Fox News Digital seeking additional information about the claim.

ICE previously stated Ibarra had been arrested by the New York Police Department a year after being paroled, on Sept. 14, 2023, and was “charged with acting in a manner to injure a child less than 17 and a motor vehicle license violation.” The agency later corrected the record saying he was arrested Aug 31, 2023.

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A photo of the UGA crime scene below photos of Laken Riley and suspect Jose Ibarra

University of Georgia murder suspect Jose Ibarra lived within a five-minute walk of the approximate location where he allegedly murdered 22-year-old nursing student Laken Riley Feb. 22. (Mark Sims for Fox News Digital/ Laken Riley / Jose Ibarra)

Riley was found dead in February after previously attending UGA before entering a nursing program at Augusta’s Athens campus, where she made the dean’s list.

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Police have charged Ibarra with malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, kidnapping, hindering a 911 call and concealing the death of another person.

Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw and Stepheny Price contributed to this report.

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