Americans put a price on crime in this country. In Norfolk, we know some neighborhoods are more violent than others. We know some things we do are riskier than others. A risk-free life, we know, does not exist. Crime happens.
The murderer of Mollie Tibbetts or Kate Steinle wasn’t supposed to be here. They were illegal aliens that broke the law to be here.
Immigration is a good thing, it is one of our country’s true strengths. But, we have borders, and let’s rationally decide the number of people we want in the country. As a policy, it should not include people with known criminal histories.
America is a violent place, and we know legal citizens do a fine job of committing violent crimes. But for immigration, there is a difference between doing due diligence and no diligence at all.
But, the rest of the story….
We don’t yet know for sure if Mr. Rivera is guilty of killing Mollie Tibbetts, but the way many people see it, if a foreign national, apparently in the country illegally, kills an American citizen, it bolsters Trump’s message of putting Americans first. The murder of Mollie Tibbetts was not just heinous, it was unnecessary and utterly preventable by government action.
Some supporters of immigration reform seem completely tone deaf, don’t seem to be able to acknowledge the material reality of Tibbetts’ murder. Senator Elizabeth Warren, 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. CNN’s Chris Cuomo somehow found a way to use the Tibbett’s killing to attack Trump.
Pro-immigration Republicans like Paul Ryan and Jeff Flake are also damaged. Callous disregard for families like the Tibbettses is one of the reasons that President Trump’s 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 that many Americans consider 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.
Tone Deaf Democrats
MSNBC contributor suggests that an illegal alien murdering Mollie Tibbetts is no big deal, says she’s just a “girl in Iowa.” pic.twitter.com/NRhfsrVHq5
— Ryan Saavedra 🇺🇸 (@RealSaavedra) August 22, 2018
An innocent girl was murdered by an illegal immigrant, and Elizabeth Warren treats it like an inconvenience to her talking points. pic.twitter.com/yPe3dg80L9
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 22, 2018