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Georgia GOP lawmakers call for immigration reform after nursing student's death

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Last week's killing of a nursing student on the University of Georgia campus, allegedly carried out by a man who was in the country illegally, has sparked a new debate about immigration reform among state legislators.

Why it matters: Republican lawmakers say they will consider new measures after the arrest of Jose Antonio Ibarra, who is from Venezuela and not a U.S. citizen, in connection with the death of 22-year-old Laken Riley.

  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement sent to Axios on Sunday that Ibarra entered the country unlawfully in 2022.