I feel for the father of Mollie Tibbetts. No parent ever wants to bury a child and knowing that your child was brutally murdered has to make the situation more difficult.
About 20-years ago, my wife and I nearly faced the same situation as an armed Hispanic man tried to abduct our oldest daughter at a gas station. She figured if she went with him that she would be dead, so she decided to jump in her car and speed away, figuring it was her only chance of surviving. He chased her until she pulled up at the emergency entrance to a hospital, honking her horn and yelling. That’s when her would be assailant drove away. Had she not done what she did, I would be in same shoes as the father of Mollie Tibbetts.
While I feel his grief and more, I do take issue with that statement he made about using his daughter’s death as an issue of racism.
After the arrest of Cristhian Bahena Rivera, an illegal alien from Mexico who has been charged with Mollie Tibbetts death, President Donald Trump used the murder of Tibbetts to again raise the issue of the problem of illegal immigration and the need for a border wall and more border security. Trump stated:
“You heard about today with the illegal alien coming in very sadly from Mexico. Should’ve never happened. . . . The immigration laws are such a disgrace.”
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After hearing what President Trump and many others said about Rivera being an illegal alien, Rob Tibbetts, Mollie’s father wrote:
“Ten days ago, we learned that Mollie would not be coming home. Shattered, my family set out to celebrate Mollie’s extraordinary life and chose to share our sorrow in private. At the outset, politicians and pundits used Mollie’s death to promote various political agendas. We appealed to them and they graciously stopped. For that, we are grateful.”
“Sadly, others have ignored our request. They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed. I encourage the debate on immigration; there is great merit in its reasonable outcome. But do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist. The act grievously extends the crime that stole Mollie from our family and is, to quote Donald Trump Jr., ‘heartless’ and ‘despicable’…” [emphasis mine]
“My stepdaughter, whom Mollie loved so dearly, is Latina. Her sons — Mollie’s cherished nephews and my grandchildren — are Latino. That means I am Hispanic. I am African. I am Asian. I am European. My blood runs from every corner of the Earth because I am American. As an American, I have one tenet: to respect every citizen of the world and actively engage in the ongoing pursuit to form a more perfect union.”
“Given that, to knowingly foment discord among races is a disgrace to our flag. It incites fear in innocent communities and lends legitimacy to the darkest, most hate-filled corners of the American soul. It is the opposite of leadership. It is the opposite of humanity. It is heartless. It is despicable. It is shameful.”
First of all, many of us are NOT against Hispanics, if they are here in the US legally.
Second, it’s not a matter of racism – it is a matter of law. America has laws, like it or not, that are intended for the good of the nation and the American people. There are other non-Hispanic people who enter the US illegally – over the past few years, a growing number of people from the Middle East have been entering the US illegally, so as you see, it’s not about race, it’s about the law and protecting our nation.
Over the last decade, there have been a number of reports of American citizens being victimized by illegal aliens. Just do a search and you will find many of them.
Thirdly, America cannot financially afford to keep illegal aliens in our country or allow more to enter. In 2015, I reported:
“According to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) 2009 data, approximately 12,220,000 illegals were living in America. According to 2010 statistics, illegals cost taxpayers roughly $83,778,000,000 five years ago…”
“Considering that only 136.6 million tax returns were filed in 2011, each taxpayer roughly spent $260 a year to support illegals.”
By now, the cost of illegal aliens to American taxpayers is over $100 billion a year. That’s a lot of money that we don’t need to spend. All of us work hard for our money and I for one, am offended to know that my hard-earned tax dollars are being used to help take care of people who came to MY country ILLEGALLY!
Most Americans are not against legal immigration, but are against illegal immigration. I have close friends who legally immigrated to the US. My wife’s father legally immigrated here. Those legal immigrant friends of mine have very strong feelings AGAINST illegal immigration. They are very vocal in saying that if people want to come to the US, then do it legally like they did.
A recent poll indicated that 68% of voters believe that illegal immigration is a serious problem in America.
Mr. Tibbetts, I’m truly sorry for your loss, but you are so very wrong about the immigration issue. We are not racists. It’s not about Hispanics or any other ethnic group. It’s about the law. We are law-abiding American citizens who want to see our laws enforced and our nation protected and that’s a huge difference.
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