Battleground Poll: 56% of Arizona Voters Blame Biden Border Policies for Crimes Like Laken Riley’s Murder

A new poll conducted for the League of American Workers (LAW) found that 56% of Arizona voters blame Joe Biden’s border policies for crimes such as the murder of nursing student Laken Riley by an illegal alien.

Only 52% of Arizona, however, have heard about Riley’s murder, with only 22% having heard a great deal about it.

Riley, a 22-year-old nursing student at Augusta University, was found murdered on February 22, 2024, after going for a jog at the University of Georgia campus. Jose Antonio Ibarra, a 26-year-old illegal alien from Venezuela, was charged in her murder. Riley had been killed by blunt force trauma to the head.

Ibarra had previously been arrested by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol on September 8, 2022 for entering the U.S. illegally near El Paso, Texas. He was then released pending adjudication of his claim for “asylum.”

He was then arrested again in August 2023 by the New York Police Department and charged with acting in a manner to injure a child and a motor vehicle license violation.

42% of Arizona voters said Biden policies bear a “great deal”of responsibility for crimes such as Riley’s murder by an illegal alien, while 14% said these policies bear “some” responsibility.

Among Arizona voters who have heard a great deal about Riley’s murder, 71% say the Biden Administration has a great deal of responsibility for the murder.

“Our citizens cannot demand action to stop these senseless and preventable acts of violence if they are unaware of the crimes in the first place,” wrote LAW Founder Steve Cortes in an American Greatness column last week. “Given the appalling nature of this ghastly crime and its direct connection to politics and border policy, one might expect widespread awareness of Laken’s tragedy.”

“While Laken’s story has been widely disseminated and understood on the political right, the broad public still knows little about this crime,” wrote Cortes. “This omission is, of course, very much by design.”

During his State of the Union address on March 7, Biden referred to Laken Riley as “Lincoln Riley” after U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene (R-Ga.) shouted “Say her name!” to the president.

Lincoln Riley is the 40-year-old, male, head football coach of the University of Southern California football team.

The U.S. House on March 7 passed the “Laken Riley Act” on a vote of 251-170. The bill would require the detention and deportment of illegal aliens charged with theft.

Every Republican and 37 Democrats supported the measure, while 170 Democrats voted against it. No Arizona members of the U.S. House voted against the act, though Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-9) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-7) did not vote.

The bill is now pending in the U.S. Senate.

The LAW poll also found that 72% of Arizona voters think the federal government is weak at securing the U.S. borders, reported the Grand Canyon Times.

U.S. Congressional Candidate Blake Masters (R-AZ-8) responded to the poll by telling the PHX Reporter:

Laken would still be alive today if the Biden Administration hadn’t thrown open our southern border and let in millions of illegals, many of them hardened criminals.

Catholic Vote President Brian Burch said of the poll that “the tragedies caused by Biden’s open border policy continue to multiply.”

Kyle Reyes, the owner of Law Enforcement Today, told the Grand Canyon Times that…

It’s encouraging to see that 56% of that state is educated enough to realize that America hasn’t just been sold out, but that our own ‘elected’ officials ignore the Trojan Horse story and instead thrown the doors of our country wide open to terrorists, murderers and gang members.

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