While the death of Mollie Tibbetts is incredibly tragic, using it to demonize illegal immigrants is inappropriate, holds Barbara Shelly of The Huffington Post. Tibbetts’ family has asked that her death not be politicized. The Trump administration and others have seized upon her murder by Cristhian Bahena Rivera, who was residing in the US without papers, to push their own anti-immigrant agendas. In the president’s case, he might be doing so from a growing legal controversy regarding the Russia investigation. Many studies have indicated that illegal immigrants are less likely to break the law than local Americans.
Mollie Tibbetts’ death is the symptom of a broken immigration system that needs to be fixed, argues Jessica Vaughan of Fox News. Cristhian Rivera, an illegal immigrant, murdered the Iowa college student. The notion that illegal immigrants commit less crime than Americans is wrong. Since 1974, over 32,000 immigrants have been jailed for killing someone. Most of them were in the country illegally. Unlike legal immigrants, their backgrounds aren’t checked for criminal pasts. Such people coming in endangers US citizens. Many police agencies agree that tougher immigration laws would make the country safer.