Sasse raises immigration questions about man charged in Tibbetts' death
- Author: Leroy Wright Aug 27, 2018,
Aug 27, 2018, 8:12
The attorney representing Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the illegal alien accused of murdering Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, is arguing his client's legal status is simply a narrative rather than a basic fact. Now he's a man accused of illegally living and working in the USA on fraudulent documents, of being a predator who kidnapped and killed a beloved young woman, and to some, the monstrous face of a lax immigration system. "This is a murder story, not an immigration story".
Several studies, including one from Cato Institute, have concluded that Trump is wrong to claim that undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes than legal USA residents. Instead, they are dedicating their runs to the 20-year-old University of Iowa student and sharing hopeful messages on social media tagged #MilesforMollie. The man arrested in her death is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. Then, without explanation, he blamed the American news media for Tibbetts' death. "You think about where people get their news source anymore and they're getting it from sources they agree with".
Tibbetts' family wasn't in court, but they released a statement. "They would be horrified". "These murders are notable because they've shattered the perception that this particular violent crime only takes place under certain circumstances", Gabriella Paiella wrote.
Scott Tibbetts has not made any public statements in the wake of his sister's disappearance, nor in the aftermath of Rivera being charged with first degree murder.
"But for the grace of God go I and the thousands of other runners out there every day chasing goals never thinking they may not make it home".
Rivera then said he dragged the college student from his vehicle to a secluded part of a cornfield and left her in corn leaves, face-up, the arrest affidavit stated. He added that Patrick was stereotyping millions of people.
Tibbetts' death has also become a talking point for some Republicans outside the state - and not just for the goal of attacking Democrats.
"Our employee is not who he said he was", Lang said at a news conference at the farm, near where Tibbetts, who lived in Oakland as a young girl, was allegedly abducted during a jog last month. Later, he got out of his vehicle and ran beside the young woman, who threatened to call the police. Rivera said he became upset and "blacked out" at the threat, something he claimed he did often when becoming too angry. Authorities found a deceased body in a cornfield around 12 miles southeast of Brooklyn on early Tuesday morning. Rivera next remembers seeing her earphones on his lap, and taking her bloody body out of the trunk of his auto, it said. After more than a month of searching, investigators located her body in a farm field in rural Poweshiek County on August 21.
Tibbetts is also the quarterback of his school's football team, according to People, though it was unclear whether he was going to play in the near future given his family's.
Trump, whose pledge to build a wall on the border with Mexico was a central plank of his 2016 presidential campaign, has mentioned the case at least twice since Rivera's arrest, most recently in a videotaped speech posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
Rivera's manager, Dane Lang, said "nobody saw a difference" in Rivera at Yarrabee Farms where he worked, and that his coworkers were shocked to find out he was the suspected killer.
"Ultimately, what led us to Mr. Rivera was surveillance video from a residence here in the community of Brooklyn", Mortvedt said.
"We've got trouble in the system somewhere", Clayton said.