• Column: You want to talk about separating families? Let's talk about Mo

    From But But Sanctuary Cities! Blue Wave@21:1/5 to All on Tue Aug 27 17:41:22 2019
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    Go ahead and play your word games and tell me about the cruelty
    of borders, the kindness of sanctuary cities and the political
    wisdom of abolishing ICE.

    Tell me about government’s lack of compassion, and of the
    heartbreak of families separated from each other through broken
    immigration policy.

    Tell me how racist it is, how cruel it is to think that a nation
    should control its own borders and stop, rather than reward,
    illegal immigration.

    And then tell me about Mollie Tibbetts.

    The 20-year-old University of Iowa student was separated from
    her family too.

    She was separated from those she loved a month ago, when she
    went jogging near her home near Des Moines. Her accused killer,
    Cristhian Bahena Rivera, authorities said, was in the country
    illegally. He worked at a large dairy farm owned by a prominent
    Iowa Republican.

    His lawyers, seeking a gag order in the case, insist Rivera is
    here legally. The truth will eventually come out, as well as the
    circumstances of her death, with an autopsy to be performed.

    Investigators said her alleged killer stalked her, approached
    her, then said he blacked out and couldn’t remember much. But he
    remembered enough to help police find her body in a cornfield.

    And ever since, Mollie Tibbetts has been pulled at by politics.

    Democrats who want the Latino vote ignore her or they pivot,
    smoothly, making their pitch for “compassionate” immigration
    policy and attacking President Donald Trump.

    Republicans who are pushing stronger border control use her as
    an emotional symbol. Republicans whose agribusiness political
    contributors want cheap labor for their packing houses and their
    farms avoid her, as if she was never here.

    Apparently, they really don’t mind a few dead Americans if they
    can keep to their political talking points.

    And Trump, who rode to the White House by tapping into a real,
    desperate and bipartisan American desire to stop illegal
    immigration, disfigures the debate. He exaggerates the threat of
    crime by those in the country illegally, making it seem as if
    they’re driving a violent national crime spree when statistics
    say otherwise.

    But victims of violent immigrants here illegally are more than
    mere statistics or a point from which to pivot and attack.

    They’re more than broken eggs in the political policy wars.

    They were real people. They lived real lives. They were loved.
    They were daughters and sons and husbands and wives. And they
    are dead, the result of immigration policy and partisan politics.

    Because if we actually did something about illegal immigration,
    rather than shout at each other and play politics, Mollie
    Tibbetts would be alive today.

    She’d be alive like so many others would be alive.

    Kate Steinle would be alive. She wouldn’t have died while
    walking along a pier in San Francisco with her father when a
    habitual criminal here illegally fired a gun. He claimed it was
    all an accident and was acquitted of murder.

    “Help me, Dad,” were her last words.

    We don’t know the last words of Dennis McCann of Chicago. But
    he’d be alive too.

    Instead, McCann was dragged to his death under a car driven by a
    drunk in Chicago in 2012. McCann was hit so hard that his shoes
    were left on the pavement. The rest of him was pulled a half-
    mile under the car along Logan Boulevard.

    The drunk was jailed and charged, but under an allegedly
    compassionate policy pushed by Cook County Democrats pandering
    for Latino votes, the driver, Saul Chavez, was not held for
    pickup by federal immigration authorities.

    He was compassionately allowed to make bail. And once out on the
    street, Saul Chavez fled back home to Mexico. And there were no
    real answers for McCann’s horrified and stunned family.

    All they were given were vague, political regrets and mind-
    numbing Democratic Party talk by Cook County Board President
    Toni Preckwinkle about process and writs. Preckwinkle’s a
    powerful political boss. McCann is dead. Chavez is gone.

    So please, tell me about political cruelty.

    Trump vaulted to the top of the Republican presidential pile by
    targeting illegal immigration. The Republican establishment was
    not pleased. And Democrats campaigning against Trump use his
    exaggerations as reason to avoid victims like Tibbetts.

    Or step over them quickly, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a
    Massachusetts Democrat and presumptive candidate for president,
    did on CNN the other day.

    “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,” Warren said.

    Warren will go through Iowa next year and eat corn and talk
    about close-knit families and demonstrate warmth as she
    campaigns in what her aides will call “the heartland.” She might
    pick up a pork chop and pose in farm clothes next to a bale of

    But she stepped over Mollie Tibbets and then it was time for her
    pivot, a pivot that was ruthless as it was obvious in its

    “Last month, I went down to the border and I saw where children
    had been taken away from their mothers,” Warren said on CNN. “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.”

    Sen. Warren, isn’t that horrifying, parents not knowing the
    whereabouts of their children, not having a chance to say

    Like the parents of Mollie Tibbetts, after their daughter went
    out for a run, never to come home.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-met-mollie- tibbetts-john-kass-20180822-story.html

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