The murder of Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly by an illegal alien from Mexico, has sparked a debate beyond the obvious: that of yet another American citizen being killed by somebody who shouldn’t be here in the first place. Those of us who have been working for border security and immigration law enforcement for decades have used victim stories like Mollie’s in an attempt to educate the people and our elected officials about the very human costs of not enforcing our immigration laws, including loss of life. The goal: Prevent further tragedies by enforcing our laws.
President Trump called our immigration laws “a disgrace,” and that Mollie’s death “never should have happened.”
Donald Trump, Jr., the President’s son, penned an editorial in the Des Moines Register where he correctly pointed out that, “… a number of media outlets and pundits insisted that conservatives and Republicans were “politicizing” Mollie’s murder — an absurd claim coming from the same people who used family separation at the border to call for the abolishment of ICE … .’
In response, Mollie’s father, Rob Tibbetts wrote his own editorial, claiming, “… politicians and pundits used Mollie’s death to promote various political agendas … .The person who is accused of taking Mollie’s life is no more a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are of all white people. To suggest otherwise is a lie.”
Nobody that I am aware of who is involved in the effort to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws has suggested that the illegal alien charged with Mollie’s murder is a “… reflection of the Hispanic community … .” The accused is, however, a reflection of three presidential administrations which took very little interest in enforcing our immigration laws and preventing illegal aliens from entering our country … some of who are criminals, some who became criminals.
Some other quotes from Rob Tibbetts:
- “Let’s turn against racism in all its ugly manifestations.”
- “Let’s build bridges, not walls.”
- “Let’s celebrate our diversity rather than argue over our differences.”
The attitude that enforcing our laws is racism, that bridges will improve our situation and that we should “celebrate our diversity” seems to offer some consolation to this parent of a particular political persuasion who has lost a child, but beyond that, it does nothing to solve our decades-old problem of minimal immigration enforcement.
It does demonstrate, however, that even the most tragic personal loss one can have, so obviously preventable, isn’t enough to break through the bubble of some people’s political belief systems.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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