Iowa murder focuses attention on immigrants in agriculture

Sunday, 26 Aug, 2018

Monarrez took Jamilet with her when she attended Poweshiek County Court Wednesday to see alleged illegal immigrant Rivera, 24, face a first-degree murder charge. "This was shocking to us". He said turning Tibbetts' killing into a referendum on immigration is "feeding the false impression that this population increases violent crime".

Tibbetts, a sophomore majoring in psychology at the University of Iowa, was found dead early Tuesday. In an arrest affidavit, Rivera said he remembered getting mad at her; what happened afterward was "blocked" from his memory.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has issued a detainer on Rivera, and a hearing on his immigration status is still pending.

Her son, Ronald da Silva, was shot to death by an undocumented immigrant 16 years ago in El Monte, east of Los Angeles.

Rivera and Tibbetts have no known connections, other than that Rivera allegedly told investigators that he saw her running previously.

As CBS News noted, many other Republicans appeared to be following the lead of Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump, suggesting that Mollie Tibbetts' death was evidence that the United States needed stricter immigration laws.

"I'm sure we'll hear what he has to say about this at his rally, but Fox News is talking about, you know, a girl in Iowa and not this, right?" she said.

Mollie Tibbetts with her mother, Laura Calderwood.

Immigration authorities said they've gradually improved the E-verify program over the years to fix flaws and close loopholes.

By the way, The Daily Mail also reported that after Greer's MSNBC appearance, "The clip from the show was immediately circulated online, with NRA life member Alana Mastrangelo sharing it with her 113,000 followers, complaining Greer 'doesn't even know her name.'" This exposure indicates that one NRA member may have more of an audience than MSNBC.

The Atlanta woman says she's usually too focused on her runs to react to abuse, so she tries to tune it out.

While authorities say Rivera is in the country illegally, his lawyer, Allan Richards, insisted on Wednesday that his client "has the legal documents" proving he is not.

Rivera, a conservative who has regularly spoken out against the GOP's approach to immigration, argued that the suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, should not represent the millions of unauthorized immigrants now living in the US.

Meanwhile, Democrats seemingly downplayed Tibbetts's death.

The owner of the dairy farm where the suspect worked said that the suspect used a fake name when he applied for the job.

Tibbetts was missing for a little more than a month, during which the search for answers increasingly agonized her family, who pleaded with the public for help in finding her.

Rivera has extended family living in Brooklyn as well as an aunt and uncle in the nearby city of Tama, who were both in court this week to support him. The farm where he worked was just a couple miles away from that location.

Brat has been a longtime proponent of mandatory E-Verify to stop the incentive for illegal aliens to enter the U.S.