After almost a month of witnessing the daily emotional pleadings of a father for his daughter’s safe return, Mollie Tibbetts was finally found — buried haphazardly under a pile of cornstalks in a remote cornfield.
The man arrested for the murder of the 20-year old University of Iowa student is Cristhian Rivera (a Mexican immigrant) who had been employed at Yarrabee Farms for the past several years. He had apparently passed a government’s E-Verify employment verification check.
The Des Moines Register reported the owners of the farm where Rivera had worked are Dane and Eric Lang, relatives of the former 2018 Republican candidate Craig Lang, who ran for secretary of agriculture.
Dane Lang acknowledged Rivera has worked at the farm and by all accounts was an “employee in good standing.” He also noted Rivera had passed a background check, despite his status as an illegal immigrant.
“This is a profoundly sad day for our community. All of us at Yarrabee Farms are shocked to hear that one of our employees was involved and is charged in this case,” Dane Lang said in a statement. “On Monday, the authorities visited our farm and talked to our employees. We have cooperated fully with their investigation.”
Lang continued, “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.”
Rivera was allowed to stay in America for almost 7-years undetected. And the question now is “how many more illegal aliens like Rivera, are employed in companies all across America?”
Mollie went missing on July 18th and was last seen alive jogging near her boyfriend’s home, where she was staying.
The break in the case came when a video surfaced showing Rivera following Tibbetts in a dark car. After intense interrogation, Rivera admitted to murdering the young woman.
On Tuesday the announcement of Rivera’s arrest ended any hope that Mollie would return home alive. Rivera instead led police to her body, a cornfield in a rural part of the county. Rivera has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held on a $1 million cash bond.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledged the tragic news of Mollie’s death in a statement:
“As Iowans, we are heartbroken, and we are angry,” she said. “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 (to) bring justice to Mollie’s killer.”
Right-wing news organization immediately blamed Tibbets’ murder on the broken immigration system. They listed a few other politicized murders carried out by illegal immigrants:
On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle was gunned down while walking with her father and a friend along a pier by Jose Inez Garcia Zarate, an illegal Mexican immigrant deported 5-times only to return back to the sanctuary city of San Francisco.
Igor Zubko, 26, a Russian illegal alien was arrested for the brutal murder of Shayley Estes, 22, who was found dead in her Phoenix, Arizona home on July 24, 2015.
Police caught Zubko at the Sky Harbor International Airport before he could flee to San Francisco, California. [OJJPAC note: San Francisco’s extreme sanctuary policy protects criminal aliens from federal detention and deportation.]
Zubko was charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, among other criminal offenses.
Juan Zacarias Lopez Tzun, 32, a Guatemalan illegal alien living in California, was arrested for causing the death of Riverside County Sheriff’s department dispatcher Dominic Durden, 30, on July 12, 2012.
Police said that Tzun, who was driving a Chevy pickup truck, turned in front of the victim’s motorcycle, causing a crash, in which Durden died at the scene from his injuries.
Whether these tragic murders could have been prevented by immigration reform is currently being review by both sides. One thing is for sure, between gang violence, school shootings and just senseless murders in general, America has experienced too much death. Something is seriously wrong and we need to fix it.