• Suspect in Mollie Tibbets' Killing Used Stolen ID to Obtain Work in Iow

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    This is what the assholes at the NY Times changed it to. Bing
    fucked them over keeping the old headline.

    "Killing of Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa Inflames Immigration Debate"

    BROOKLYN, Iowa — Television cameras had for weeks swarmed this
    small town in Iowa farm country as the police looked for Mollie
    Tibbetts, the college student who went for a jog last month and
    never returned home.

    After hundreds of tips and interviews, and after countless
    prayer vigils and donations to a reward fund, investigators got
    a tragic break in their case on Tuesday. A body believed to be
    Ms. Tibbetts’s was found buried beneath cornstalks on a farm
    outside town. The authorities charged Cristhian Rivera, who they
    said is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, with first-degree
    murder in her death.

    President Trump and other conservatives quickly cited the arrest
    of Mr. Rivera, who worked on a farm owned by a prominent
    Republican family, as proof of the flawed immigration system and
    lax border security the president has long warned about.

    Iowa’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, released a statement
    saying she was “angry that a broken immigration system allowed a
    predator like this to live in our community.” And the White
    House Twitter account posted a video with the emotional accounts
    of people whose family members had been killed by immigrants who
    entered the country illegally.

    “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently
    separated from her family,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday evening in
    a Twitter message, a clear reference to his much criticized
    policy that tried to deter illegal border crossings by
    separating migrant families.

    “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need
    the wall, we need our immigration laws changed, we need our
    border laws changed, we need Republicans to do it because the
    Democrats aren’t going to do it,” he said.

    Donald J. Trump
    3:24 PM - Aug 22, 2018
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    Mr. Rivera’s lawyer, Allan M. Richards, disputed the
    government’s claims that his client was in the country illegally
    and said Mr. Trump’s comments highlighting his immigration
    status could prejudice future jurors. Mr. Richards said his
    client, who was ordered held on $5 million cash bond during a
    brief court appearance on Wednesday, came to the United States
    at age 17, had the equivalent of a middle school education and
    had worked for years tending to dairy cows.

    “For sad and sorry Trump to say that they’re illegal without
    even giving them a hearing is totally wrong,” Mr. Richards said
    in an interview after the court hearing.

    Mr. Rivera’s arrest was a lead story for much of Tuesday evening
    and Wednesday on several conservative-leaning news websites, and
    was touted as a boost to the Trump administration’s argument for
    a more hard-line stance on immigration. The arrest came in the
    same week that an undocumented immigrant from Mexico was charged
    with second-degree murder in a Minnesota case.

    Mr. Trump is expected to continue to push immigration as a
    signature issue in courting voters ahead of November’s midterm
    elections. In Iowa, Republicans are defending two congressional
    seats that Democrats have high hopes of winning, and Governor
    Reynolds is seeking a full term in her post.

    The discovery of Ms. Tibbetts’s body devastated her hometown,
    Brooklyn, where she had returned for the summer after studying
    psychology at the University of Iowa. After weeks of anxiously
    awaiting news, some residents said Wednesday that they were
    frustrated to learn that the suspect in her death was in the
    country illegally.

    “Mollie would still be alive today if we would just enforce the
    laws we already have in place,” said Kerry Traver, 73, who lives
    in nearby Marengo. “Here illegally and nobody’s doing anything
    about it.”

    Rusty Clayton, owner of True Value Hardware in Brooklyn, said
    customers in the small town — where doors are seldom locked —
    have been coming in to have house keys made ever since news
    broke that Ms. Tibbetts was missing. But he said the town views
    its Hispanic residents not as outsiders, but as members of the

    “Their kids go to our school,” Mr. Clayton said. “One was
    homecoming king, and another of the students has been
    valedictorian of the class. The kids here well respect them and
    interact with them.”

    Immigration has long been a divisive issue in Iowa, where
    farmers depend on foreign-born laborers to tend their crops and
    livestock, but where an influx of Hispanic residents has exposed
    tensions in some cities. While Iowa politicians from both major
    parties offered condolences to the Tibbetts family, Republicans
    were more likely to note Mr. Rivera’s immigration status in
    their statements.

    Cristhian Bahena Rivera
    CreditIowa Department of Public Safety, via Associated Press
    Outside the state, advocates for immigrants lamented that Ms.
    Tibbetts’s death was being used for political gains.

    “It is unfortunate that lawmakers are politicizing this
    absolutely awful tragedy,” said Ali Noorani, executive director
    of the National Immigration Forum, an advocacy organization.
    “One would wish that cooler heads would prevail and that we
    could have a rational, humane conversation about immigration

    Though statistics show that native-born Americans commit crimes
    at higher rates than immigrants, Mr. Trump has long pushed a
    narrative that suggests otherwise.

    The White House regularly sends out emails reporting the latest
    crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. “Ethiopian human
    rights abuser arrested for fraudulently obtaining U.S.
    citizenship,” one such missive announced last week.

    In June, Mr. Trump gathered at the White House a group of so-
    called “angel families” who had lost loved ones in crimes
    committed by “criminal illegal aliens” — victims of Salvadoran
    gangs, heroin overdoses, robbers, convicts released from prison
    but not deported.

    “These are the stories that Democrats and people that are weak
    on immigration, they don’t want to discuss, they don’t want to
    hear, they don’t want to see, they don’t want to talk about,”
    Mr. Trump said in greeting the families.

    In recent campaign rallies, like one Tuesday night in which he
    alluded to Ms. Tibbetts, Mr. Trump has riled up crowds by
    disparaging immigrants and stoking fear about them, saying that
    he would send them “the hell back” to their countries of origin.
    And he has constantly reiterated his belief that a vote for a
    Democratic candidate in the midterms would be a vote for open
    borders. (Legislation shows that Democrats support border
    security measures, but not the wall that Mr. Trump has promised
    his supporters.)

    Mr. Rivera’s arrest also raised questions about the process
    companies use to check whether job applicants are allowed to
    work in the United States. Mr. Rivera’s employer, Yarrabee
    Farms, said initially that the federal government had cleared
    Mr. Rivera for work through its well-known E-Verify system. But
    on Wednesday evening, Yarrabee corrected itself and said he had
    been checked through a different Social Security Administration

    Both systems are vulnerable to fraud when applicants present
    valid documents that belong to someone else, experts said.

    “If I’m using your number and your name, that’s going to get
    through,” said Julie Myers Wood, who led Immigration and Customs
    Enforcement during George W. Bush’s presidency. She said
    unauthorized job seekers were using stolen documents to thwart E-
    Verify even during her tenure.

    But Ms. Myers Wood said the Social Security database was not
    intended to check employment eligibility, and that the farm was
    “not in as strong as a position” as it would have been had it
    used E-Verify.

    Federal officials appeared to have reviewed Mr. Rivera’s
    immigration status and said they had placed an immigration hold
    on him, requiring him to be turned over to immigration
    authorities should he clear state criminal proceedings. He is
    “an illegal alien from Mexico,” said Shawn Neudauer, a spokesman
    for ICE.

    A senior homeland security official, who spoke anonymously
    because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said Mr.
    Rivera appears to have used stolen documentation in order to
    pass the federal government identity check at the farm where he
    had worked for the past several years.

    Dane Lang, a spokesman for Yarrabee Farms, said Mr. Rivera
    provided a state-issued photo identification card and a social
    security card. “Our practice is to take a second, enhanced step
    to verify the identification,” he said in a statement, screening
    employees through the Social Security Administration.

    “We ran that information through the verification service, and
    it came back ‘verified,’” he said. “That means that the exact
    name, birthdate and exact social security number were all cross
    referenced and corroborated.”

    Over the last 24 hours, Mr. Lang added, company officials
    learned that their verification had not been adequate. “Our
    employee was not who he said he was.”


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