Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, reflecting on the murder of young Mollie Tibbetts -- allegedly by a Mexican illegal alien -- said that she felt “sorry” over the murder, but urged Tibbetts' survivors and friends to focus instead on the “real problems” the United States faces at its southern border, where illegal alien parents and their children are temporarily separated.
Tibbetts, 20, was a student at the University of Iowa. Her body was recently found near Brooklyn, her home town in Iowa. Republicans have sought to beef up the border and immigration regulations so as to prevent the influx of criminal illegal aliens.
Warren offered condolences to Tibbetts’ family. However, pivoting to the political controversy of the moment, Warren said, “I’m so sorry for the family here and I know this is hard not only for her family but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa.” She said, “But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where the real problems are.”
Describing her July junket to Texas, Warren said, “Last month, I went down to the border and I saw where children had been taken away from their mothers.” Continuing, “I met with those mothers — who had been lied to, who didn’t know where their children were, who didn’t have a chance to talk to their children. And there was no plan for how they would be reunified with their children.”
“I think we need immigration laws that focuses on people who pose a real threat and I don’t think mamas and babies are where we should be spending our resources,” Warren said. “Separating a mama from a baby does not make this country safer.”
On Tuesday, law enforcement authorities said that 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who came to the U.S. illegally, confessed to following Tibbetts as she jogged on a country road one month ago. He confessed that he stopped his car and spoke to Tibbetts and became incensed when she threatened to call the police if he did not leave her alone. He claimed that he blacked out. When he regained consciousness, he found the girl’s body in the trunk of his car. He left her body covered by cornstalks in a field.
Officials report that Rivera had been living in Iowa illegally for at least four years. However, when he was hired to work a the Yarrabee Farms dairy operation, the company said he was cleared through the federal government’s E-Verify system.
"I'm so sorry for the family. I know this is so hard, not only for the family, but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa.
"One of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are. Last month I went down to the border and I saw where children had been taken away from their mothers. I met with those mothers who had been lied to, who didn't know where their children were, and hadn't had a chance to talk to their children. And there was no plan for how they would be reunified with their children.
"I think we need immigration laws that focus on people who pose a real threat. And I don't think mommas and babies are the place we should be spending our resources. Separating a momma from a baby does not make this country safer."
Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.