OPINION: Mollie Tibbetts Should Not Be Politicized.
Last month, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was declared missing after being kidnapped on a jog. Mollie was found dead only a few weeks later, with an autopsy revealing multiple stab wounds. The police in Brooklyn, Iowa found the suspect shortly afterward. Cristhian Rivera, a worker at a local dairy farm, was arrested under the charges of first-degree murder, with bail set at $5M.
Rivera had been working at this dairy farm for over four years, all under the guise of a false identity, with his identification papers fabricated. The murder has sparked chaos in the political sphere, with many Republicans placing Mollie’s death in the hands of the pro-open border policies of the Democrats. Yet, Mollie Tibbetts’ death should not be politicized and if Capitol Hill was half decent, Mollie’s name should be untouched in the immigration debate.
Mollie had just finished her freshman year at Iowa University studying psychology. At the time of her disappearance, she was working at a local day camp and dog-sitting. Regardless of how opposed she was to a border wall and strict immigration legislation (her father is quoted saying she is “vehemently” against such policies), using Mollie Tibbetts as a poster girl for the border wall is simply morally wrong.
Of course, her family wishes that her life wasn’t taken in such a gruesome and cruel manner, but doesn’t give their grief Republicans an obligation to leave her story alone. And if that is not enough, Mollie’s father has blatantly accused the political world of using her death to promote “racist politicization”, and that her family is tired of seeing Mollie used as a pawn in others’ debates. A grieving family’s wishes should be making a convincing deterrent for Congress.
According to the Department of Justice and DailySignal, over 250,000 illegal aliens were incarcerated in the last seven years in Texas on a wide variety of charges, including robbery, drug use, sexual assault, kidnapping, and homicide. 93% of immigrants in the Justice Department’s custody are illegal. The fact that politicians are pointing to one incident is rather disappointing, and the fact that the victim’s family requests are being ignored is borderline disturbing.
Yes, a stronger background check could have prevented Mollie Tibbetts’ death, especially considering Rivera passed both the background check and the government-run E-Verify system.
However, at the end of the day, no Republican can step up onto the podium and say, “this is what Mollie Tibbetts would have wanted”. Congress, stop using Mollie Tibbetts as a reason to fund ICE or build a wall, it is just not morally right.
Noah Giglietti is a Lead Contributor at theDailyLead.