• Lying illegal alien charged in Tibbetts' death was working in Iowa lega

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    DES MOINES, Iowa – A court document filed Wednesday morning
    states that the man accused of killing a 20-year-old University
    of Iowa student was working legally in Iowa.

    Cristhian Rivera was charged Tuesday in the July 18
    disappearance of Mollie Tibbetts.

    Law enforcement officials Tuesday said he was an undocumented
    immigrant, which immediately fueled political debate, including
    comments from President Donald Trump and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also filed a detainer
    to make sure Rivera, 24, was not released. He is being held on a
    $1 million cash bond. A preliminary hearing on the murder charge
    was scheduled for Aug. 31.

    A document filed by Rivera's attorney Wednesday calls into
    question Rivera's immigration status.

    The government is incorrectly promoting the idea that Rivera is
    not in Iowa legally, attorney Allen Richards said in a court
    document asking for a gag order in the case.

    "Sad and sorry Trump has weighed in on this matter in national
    media which will poison the entire possible pool of jury
    members," Richards wrote, referencing a statement from the
    president citing Tibbetts' death as an example why "immigration
    laws are such a disgrace."

    Rivera has lived in Iowa for four to seven years, working at
    Yarrabee Farms, a Brooklyn, Iowa-area farm owned by the family
    of Craig Lang, a prominent Iowa Republican.

    Craig Lang has verified that Rivera is in Iowa legally,
    according to Richards' motion.

    "Craig Lang supports Cristhian’s right to be in this
    jurisdiction and for the government to support any other idea of
    status publicly flies in the face of such statement," Richards
    wrote." Cristhian deserves the court’s protection as to his
    characterization before a jury pool."

    A Poweshiek District Court Judge on Wednesday denied the gag
    order request.

    The White House tweeted about the murder during the Wednesday
    hearing. The White House post included video testimony of family
    members in other cases whose loved ones were killed by “repeat
    illegal alien” criminals.

    During Tuesday's news conference, law enforcement officials
    described Rivera as an "undocumented immigrant."

    Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch
    Mortvedt on Wednesday deferred questions about the matter to
    federal officials.

    “What we based everything off of as far as saying he is an
    illegal alien is we worked with Homeland Security Investigations
    and they have him as an illegal alien,” Mortvedt said. “DCI
    doesn’t work immigration stuff so anytime this stuff comes up we
    defer to them.”

    Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman for the federal investigations
    agency, could not be immediately reached Wednesday. It remains
    unclear what – if any – specific documentation Rivera may have
    had to live and work in Iowa.

    Yarrabee Farms, Rivera’s employer, issued a statement Tuesday
    night saying Rivera was vetted through the government's E-Verify
    system. However, a government archive does not indicate the
    Brooklyn, Iowa, farm as a participating member of the system.

    On Wednesday, officials from the farm acknowledged they did not
    use the E-Verify system and that Rivera gave them false

    Dane Lang is the son of Craig Lang, the former president of both
    the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Board of Regents
    and a 2018 Republican candidate for state secretary of
    agriculture. Documents immediately reviewed by the Des Moines
    Register listed several owners of Yarrabee Farms, including Dane
    Lang and Eric Lang, Craig's brother.

    On Tuesday, authorities said they found a body in a cornfield
    that they tentatively identified as Tibbetts', based on clothing
    found at the scene, according to a criminal complaint.

    Rivera who resides in rural Poweshiek County, Iowa, was charged
    Tuesday with first-degree murder in the alleged abduction and
    death of Tibbetts, according to the Iowa Division of Criminal

    In the wake of Rivera's arrest, Republicans, including Trump and
    Reynolds, railed against the country's immigration system.

    Trump alluded to the case at a rally in West Virginia on
    Tuesday: “You heard about today with the illegal alien coming
    in, very sadly, from Mexico and you saw what happened to that
    incredible, beautiful young woman,” he said, shaking his head.
    “Should’ve never happened.”

    Tibbetts was last seen on surveillance footage the night of July
    18 running along Boundary and Middle Streets in her hometown
    Brooklyn, Iowa, about 70 miles east of Des Moines. Rivera
    allegedly followed her in a black Chevy Malibu.

    Rivera parked his car and started running alongside and behind
    Tibbetts. She pulled out a cellphone and said she would call the
    police. Rivera told police he panicked and got mad, and then
    "blocked" his memory, becoming aware while at the driveway of a
    cornfield that he had placed a woman in his trunk, according to
    a criminal complaint.

    Rivera dragged the woman to an isolated area in the cornfield,
    he told police, then covered her body with corn leaves and drove
    away. After officials identified his vehicle in surveillance
    footage, he complied with law enforcement and led them to the

    On Wednesday, Tibbetts' family released a statement through the
    Iowa Department of Public Safety that said in part, "Our hearts
    are broken. On behalf of Mollie’s entire family, we thank all of
    those from around the world who have sent their thoughts and
    prayers for our girl. We know that many of you will join us as
    we continue to carry Mollie in our hearts forever."

    The family asked to be allowed to grieve in private.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/08/22/mollie- tibbetts-undocumented-immigrant-suspect/1060204002/

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