Illegal Immigrant Arrested in the Murder of Mollie Tibbetts Had Slipped Through Verification System

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The 24-year-old man being held in the death of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts was in the United States illegally and had been in the country for several years, according to new reports.

Tibbetts was last seen on July 18. Cristhian Rivera, a Mexican national, told police that he encountered her while she was jogging.

According to Fox News, he said he followed her in his car for a while, then got out and started jogging with her. He said he became upset when she threatened to call the police. Rivera, who led police to Tibbetts’s body, said he could not remember many details of the incident in which she was killed.

Rivera is charged with first-degree murder, and is being held on a $1 million cash bond.

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The Des Moines Register reported that Rivera worked at a nearby farm for at least the past four years. Rivera was originally from Mexico, Fox News reported.

Owner Dane Lang said Rivera passed the government’s E-Verify employment verification system. In a statement, he said the company that runs the farm has done nothing wrong.

“Yarrabee Farms follows all laws related to verifying employees are legal to work in the United States, and we regularly seek outside counsel to ensure we stay up-to-date on employment law matters,” the statement read. “We keep records on all employees and have shared that information with authorities.”

The fact that an illegal immigrant was being charged in the death of a young woman whose disappearance made national headlines for weeks drew a sharp response from social media.

Political leaders also were outraged.

“As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry. We are angry that a broken immigration system allowed a predator like this to live in our community, and we will do all we can bring justice to Mollie’s killer,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds stated in a Twitter post.

President Donald Trump cited the murder during a West Virginia rally, Fox News reported.

“You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in, very sadly, from Mexico and you saw what happened to that incredible, beautiful young woman?” Trump said. “Should have never happened. Illegally in our country.”

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee weighed in, too.

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John Cox, a Republican running for governor in California, compared the case to that of Kate Steinle, who was killed in San Francisco in 2015 by an illegal immigrant .

“As a father of four daughters, it crushes my heart to see yet another family go through this nightmare,” Cox said. “Those who want to abolish ICE need to consider the consequences of their rash proposal.

“The Mollie Tibbetts case is one more tragic example of a senseless loss that never should have happened, similar to Kate Steinle’s heartbreaking death in San Francisco,” he said.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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