It was utterly heartbreaking to hear that missing 20-year old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was found dead after being reported missing more than a month ago. Since this case was so highly publicized, many were awaiting the facts upon learning her body had been recovered.
As it turns out, the alleged perpetrator of this crime inflamed yet another heated political debate.
Officials say the suspect, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera, is a Mexican national who is in the country illegally. Investigators believe Rivera followed Tibbetts on July 18 and abducted her as she was out for a jog.
Surveillance video showed a car that investigators traced back to Rivera, said Rick Rahn, a special agent in charge with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Rivera is being being held on a federal immigration detainer.
Sorry, but I will never accept it as normal that any high profile death will immediately be politicized before loved ones have an adequate opportunity to mourn. Nevertheless, America's deeply flawed immigration system was once again brought to the forefront when discussing this case, including by President Trump himself.
While I am not interesting in adding to the melee myself, I can't help but roll my eyes at people who typically politicize certain other tragedies.
The fact is there are already laws on the books addressing the legal possession of a firearm as well as the process of being in the USA legally. Sadly what we've seen all too often are enforcement officials bungling certain aspects of these statutes as well as those already skirting laws not really being deterred by other legalese.
Regardless, it is my sincere hope that Mollie's family can somehow find peace and comfort which transcends all understanding.