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Immigration Debate Formed By Mollie Tibbett's Death
by Associate Editor: Christina Maldonado 19'
For weeks, police have been looking for Mollie Tibbetts, a college student who went jogging near a farm country in a small Iowa town last month and never returned home.
On Tuesday, August 22, investigators were hit with a devastating break on their case, which was after a mass number of tips, interviews, prayers, and a reward fund of donations. A body was found buried beneath a farm’s cornstock outside of town. The body was believed to be the body of Ms. Tibbetts.
The President and other people of the community are turning this horrific murder into political news by saying the fault is on the country’s corrupted immigration system.
Cristhian Rivera, 24, was charged with first-degree murder of Mollie Tibbets. Rivera is originally from Mexico and is an undocumented immigrant. Rivera worked on a farm owned by a prominent Republican family. Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s Republican governor, released a statement regarding the incident, which said she was “angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community.”
President Trump and conservatives swiftly jumped to the idea that our immigration system is flawed; they claim that these problems are what Mr. Trump has long warned the people about.
To drag the idea of the country's flawed immigration system, the White House posted a video, via Twitter, of different emotional accounts of people who had family members who were killed by immigrants that entered the country illegally.
President Trump is notorious for his criticized policy, which separated families who crossed the US-Mexico border illegally. On Wednesday, Mr. Trump ironically said, “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family,” in a Twitter message. The President also wrote, “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws changed, we need Republicans to do it because the Democrats aren’t going to do it.”
The case of Mollie Tibbett’s may have been solved, but the country has turned this young woman’s murder case into an immigration debate. The family did not mention Mr. Rivera’s immigration status, but said “Our hearts are broken. On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all of those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and prayers for our girl.”