According to police, the murderer is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who is being charged with first degree murder. After being identified on surveillance footage and questioned, Rivera led police to her body in a corn field. He claims that he blacked out after an altercation with Mollie fight, loaded her in the trunk and then dumped her body.
Rivera may have been living illegally in the United States for seven years. It is not known why he targeted Mollie Tibbetts. The special agent in charge of the case at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Rick Rahn, noted, “I can just tell you it seems that he followed her and seemed to be drawn to her on that particular day and for whatever reason he chose to abduct her.”
Like Kate Steinle, a San Francisco woman shot and killed by an illegal immigrant, the murder of Mollie Tibbetts may inspire political action to deal with the plague of illegal immigrant violence.
It is time our country started protecting our citizens by securing the border, building a wall and removing illegal immigrants who have taken advantage of our lax immigration laws.
Rivera should not have been able to enter the United States and he certainly should not have been able to evade justice for all these years. He worked at a dairy farm where he passed the E-verify check for the last four years. Either Rivera used fraudulent information to evade the system or his information was not properly checked, if at all.
Clearly, the E-verify system is not full proof, and it is only voluntary for employers who are not federal contractors.
This is another case of how our country is vulnerable to the threat from unchecked illegal immigration. Experts say there are between 12 and 20 million illegal immigrants living in the United States. Others believe the number could be much higher.
A report by the Government Accountability Office found that aliens, both legal and illegal, comprise 27% of the inmates in federal prison, although they only represent 9% of the nation’s population. Therefore, these individuals are committing crimes at three times the rate of the general population. Another GAO report that focused on only illegal aliens incarcerated determined that 12% had committed violent crimes such as murder, rape or armed robbery.
This problem of illegal immigration is not diminishing, it is intensifying. Let’s hope and pray that the tragic death of Mollie Tibbetts will spur long overdue legislation and action to protect Americans from the violent crimes being committed by illegal immigrants.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]