Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have launched an investigation into the rape and murder of a 20-year-old autistic woman by an alleged MS-13 gang member who was arrested as an unaccompanied minor at the US-Mexico border.
U.S. Representatives Jim Jordan and Tom McClintok criticized the Biden administration’s “open border policy” and demanded an answer from the Department of Health and Human Services for the death of Kayla Hamilton of Aberdeen, Maryland.
Police said she was raped and strangled to death on July 27, 2022, with police arresting an undocumented 17-year-old boy last month for the murder, noting he is suspected of being a member of the deadly MS-13 gang .
A letter written Tuesday by GOP representatives to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra expressed outrage that the suspect was arrested while crossing the border but was released into the care of his aunt in Frederick, Maryland , 45 miles west of Baltimore.
“The open borders policies of the Biden administration have created vulnerabilities that criminal aliens and gang members exploit at the expense of American citizens,” Jordan and McClintock wrote.
Kayla Hamilton, 20, of Aberdeen, Maryland, allegedly raped and murdered by suspected MS-13 gang member, previously arrested at the border as an unaccompanied minor
US representatives. Jim Jordan (left) and Tom McClintok (right) are now demanding that the Health and Human Services Department’s refugee agency answer why the suspect in Maryland was released into the care of his aunt, despite the red flag of his alleged gang membership
Aberdeen police said Hamilton had just moved into the city to live with her 22-year-old boyfriend before her grisly murder, which also happened just three days after her birthday.
Officers had been called to a mobile home on the Rancho Estates for a suspected cardiac arrest victim, but found Hamilton’s body instead.
The Aberdeen Chief Medical Examiner said she died of strangulation, and detectives found DNA at the crime scene matching the 17-year-old suspected gang member, who has yet to be named.
He was arrested in Edgewood on January 15, 2023, with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement noting that he was listed in El Salvadoran records as a member of the MS-13 gang. Fox news reports.
Tammy Nobles, Hamilton’s mother, said she was heartbroken by the tragedy that befell her autistic daughter and did not know why the suspect was allowed to be near her.
“We have to process losing her, but we also have to process what happened to her,” she told Fox
She added that she was proud of her daughter for moving to live independently, and called for the maximum sentence available for the suspect, asking officials not to try him as a minor.
Nobles also demanded answers as to why the suspect was arrested and released to his aunt when he was caught crossing the border illegally.
‘I don’t know where he came from. I don’t know how he ended up here or how he ended up in the same neighborhood as her,” she said.
Kayla Hamilton’s mother Tammy Nobles said she was heartbroken by her daughter’s death and wanted answers about the suspect’s circumstances
Nobles told police her daughter (right), who is autistic, wanted to live independently and had recently moved in with her boyfriend and celebrated her 20th birthday before her death
According to the police, the young woman was raped and then strangled
That’s the main question Jordan and McClintock are asking the HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with the reception and placement of minors detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The GOP representatives are asking HHS to provide all information about the teen’s case, including his family reunification package and all documents provided by the border agencies that apprehended and processed the suspect.
Jordan and McClintock also demanded that HHS provide a detailed explanation of how it verified the suspect’s age, his relationship with his aunt, and his status as an MS-13 gang member.
Congressmen said Becerra had until March 13 to provide the requested materials.
HHS did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Along with the letter, Jordan hit Biden directly in a tweet criticizing his perceived inaction amid reports of the fallout from the border crisis.
Jordan summed up the news, writing, “Unaccompanied foreign minors performing brutal jobs across the country. Gang member MS 13 kills Maryland woman. Fentanyl is smuggled across the border.
“But for some reason, Joe Biden continues to ignore the border crisis.”
The GOP’s outcry in the case comes as the number of migrants caught illegally crossing the southern border has reportedly hit one million in less than four months since the fiscal year began — and is on track to break records. break.
Last Friday, there were a total of 1,008,217 encounters with migrants at the southern border since October – the start of the fiscal year – multiple Customs and Border Protection (CBP) That reports Fox News.
The CBP sources said there are early indications that the number fell in February and could fall below 150,000 compared to last February, when there were 166,000 encounters with migrants. But there is a concern that numbers could picking up again in the spring, which happens often, with record-breaking crossings.
A total of 1,008,217 migrants have been caught illegally crossing the border in less than four months since the start of fiscal year 2023, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) sources said. Pictured: Asylum-seeking migrants walk past a barbed wire fence
The number of migrants who have crossed the southern US border since January 2021
Republicans, who took back control of the House of Representatives in 2022, have already begun exploring how to handle the border crisis.
In his State of the Union address, Biden addressed the situation, calling it a bipartisan problem.
“America’s border problems won’t be solved until Congress does something,” Biden said.
Biden has been heavily criticized for his inaction on this issue.
Last week, the Biden administration announced a new rule that would make illegal immigrants who have traveled through another country without seeking asylum automatically ineligible for asylum in the US.