• Pay Attention to the Killing of Mollie Tibbetts

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    For many people, her murder will underscore the importance of
    putting Americans first.

    Iowa police announced this week what we long suspected: Mollie
    Tibbetts, the Iowa college student who was missing for over a
    month, is dead. The preliminary autopsy report, released
    Thursday, reveals that she was killed by “multiple sharp force
    injuries.” Prosecutors have filed first-degree murder charges
    against Cristhian Rivera, a 24-year-old Mexican who had been
    working at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, since 2014. The
    police say that Rivera is in the country illegally — though this
    has been disputed by his lawyer — and that he presented
    fraudulent identification to his employer when he was hired.
    Anyone really interested in understanding why Trump was elected
    president should pay careful attention to this episode.

    We don’t yet know for sure if Rivera is guilty, but the tragedy
    of the scenario painted by the charges is explosive. The way
    many people see it, if a foreign national, apparently in the
    country illegally, kills an American citizen, it underscores the
    urgency of Trump’s message of putting Americans first. In other
    words, the murder of Mollie Tibbetts was not only ugly and evil,
    it was unnecessary and utterly preventable by government action.

    Some supporters of amnesty for illegal immigrants already in the
    country, as well as increased legal immigration, don’t seem to
    be able to acknowledge the reality of Tibbetts’ murder. Senator
    Elizabeth Warren is a case in point. Rather than admit during a
    CNN interview that our failure to enforce our immigration laws
    and control the border contributed to Tibbetts’ death, she
    changed the subject. After saying that she was “so sorry for the
    family here,” Warren argued that “we need an immigration system
    that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are,” in
    effect casting those crossing the border illegally as the “real”
    victims.

    Make no mistake, it’s not only Democrats who have a problem
    here. Pro-immigration Republicans like Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake
    aren’t much better. Callous disregard for families like the
    Tibbettses is one of the reasons that President Trump’s common-
    sense talk about immigration reform resonates with many
    Americans. Trump remains one of the only national leaders of
    either party to address major social, political and economic
    issues of the utmost importance. This is why the Tibbetts case
    matters not only because of the murder, but because of its
    social and economic context.

    Much of American agriculture relies on foreign laborers, often
    in the country illegally, because attracting American citizens
    to those jobs would mean paying them more — and employers don’t
    want to do that. Trump has spoken about raising the real wages
    of working-class Americans and establishing the conditions for
    employment security and higher pay, for which border security is
    a predicate. Establishment Republicans of the Ryan-Flake genus
    don’t prioritize protecting our borders or the interests of
    American workers because they misunderstand and misapply
    libertarian ideas — and they are cowed by corporate interests
    dependent upon cheap labor. Unfortunately, this has become the
    norm. In Charles Kesler’s excellent essay Thursday, he talked
    about norms that should be broken and how Trump is actually
    doing this. Here is one of them. I studied under Professor
    Kesler years ago and continue to learn from him. I think you
    will, too.

    Elsewhere. James Piereson, a political scientist who is a senior
    fellow at The Manhattan Institute, describes “Socialism As a
    Hate Crime” in The New Criterion. Given socialism’s bloody track
    record, the misery it has imposed upon the citizens of countries
    like Venezuela in recent years and its curious popularity among
    know-nothing millennials and aging boomers, Piereson’s piece is
    both necessary and timely.

    This is my last day substituting for David. I enjoyed writing
    the newsletter and the interactions I’ve had with many of you.
    I’ve tried to address some of the challenges you’ve made and the
    pushback you’ve delivered. Whether or not you agree with what
    I’ve written, I hope I have at least been clear enough to
    provide the basis for future dialogue.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/mollie-tibbetts- immigration-trump.html



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