On July 18th, 2018, an average American girl in the small Midwest town of Brooklyn, Iowa mysteriously disappeared.
Her name was Mollie Tibbetts. By now you've probably seen her face published on the homepage of news websites and social media platforms.
Mollie was getting ready for her second year of college at the University of Iowa when she disappeared.
That fateful evening when she was last seen she was on her way to her boyfriend's brother's house. She was last spotted around 7:30pm that night. Her family filed a missing persons report the following day.
So what happened to her?
As time passed, investigators in multiple states received over 2,300 tips and conducted hundreds of interviews. They searched near and far: her boyfriend's home, a truck stop, a car wash and even local farms.
Finally, on the fifth week of the investigation, they found Mollie. After weeks of searching, law enforcement officials announced yesterday that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in her rural hometown.
Unfortunately, Mollie appears to be a victim of our broken immigration system.
A first-degree murder charge was filed against 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who lives in the area where Tibbetts was last seen.
Many questions in this case still remain unanswered.
Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump both reacted to the news with sorrow and remorse.
Pence said he was "we will never forget Mollie Tibbetts", and Trump said, this crime "should never have happened".
But it did happen, leaving many wondering why.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) believes he knows the answer.
He said Mollie would still “be alive” if our country's immigration laws were “seriously” enforced.
Cotton made a statement online about the arrest.
“Prayers for Tibbetts family & all who knew & loved Mollie. Lots of questions—where did this illegal alien work? what was his work status—but one thing is sure: Mollie would be alive if our government had taken immigration enforcement seriously years ago.”
According to reports, the illegal alien has been in the U.S. for four to seven years.
Much like Kate Steinle or Spencer Golvach , Mollie appears to be one more victim of the open-border immigration practices that allowed thousands of criminal illegals to make a home in our country.
A report from earlier this year claims non-citizens committed a disproportionate share of federal crimes between the years 2011-16 when President Obama was still our Commander In Chief.
A study conducted by the Center for Immigration Studies claims 21% of those convicted of non-immigration crimes were non-citizens, which is 2.5 times their share of the population.
Not every illegal immigrant is a violent criminal, but there are enough undocumented criminals who fled to America after breaking laws in Mexico or Central America to create a cause for concern.
How many Angel Families still mourn their losses because of illegal immigration? Until the government (and this is the proper role for the Federal government) stops taking money from those who want cheap labor, this kind of thing will continue to happen.
Pray for Mollie's family. For them, this nightmare has only just begun.