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Brooks blames Democrat “insistence on open borders” for Iowa college student’s murder

Congressman Mo Brooks speaking on the House floor.

Wednesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) strongly condemned Democrats’ open border policies that Brooks claimed caused the murder of an Iowa college student.

On Tuesday, authorities in Iowa announced that Mollie Tibbetts had been murdered by an illegal alien. Mollie, an attractive Iowa college student had left her home for a jog and somewhere along the way she encountered Cristhian Rivera, a Mexican national who worked for a nearby hog farm. Rivera, age 24, has lived illegally in the U.S. for the last four to seven years. He is one of the “dreamers” that Democrats insist should not be deported because they came to this country as teenagers or as children. On Tuesday he led authorities to where he dumped Mollie’s corpse in a cornfield.

“Mollie Tibbetts would be alive today but for illegal aliens and Democrat insistence on open borders and amnesty,” Rep. Brooks said. “Mollie Tibbetts’ confessed illegal alien murderer never should have been in America and Mollie Tibbetts would be alive today if he wasn’t.”

Donald J. Trump, as a presidential candidate, made the senseless murder of Kathryn “Kate” Steinle by an illegal alien a campaign issue.

Despite this, the President has been unable to move his enhanced border security agenda, including funding for a controversial border wall, through the U.S. Congress.

“America’s death toll from illegal alien murders, vehicular homicides, and drug overdoses rises as Democrats shamefully turn a blind eye to the carnage wrought as they clamor for open borders and even more illegal alien amnesty,” Brooks continued. “It is the height of tragedy and hypocrisy that amnesty and open borders advocates so readily highlight the separation of illegal alien children from illegal alien adults while, at the same time, turning a blind eye to the real and permanent family separation caused by illegal alien murders of American children and adults.”

“How many more Americans must die before Democrats stop putting illegal alien interests above American citizens?” Brooks asked. Every American death is one death too many. We can stop senseless deaths like Mollie Tibbetts’, and save American lives, by building the wall and enforcing our borders. America can do both if Democrats will simply get out of the way.”

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President Trump was quick to use Tibbetts’ death to urge Congress to fund his border wall and pass immigration reform.

“Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman who is now permanents separated from her family,” Trump said in a taped message on Twitter. “A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her. We need the wall. We need our immigration laws changed. We need our border laws changed. We need Republicans to do it because Democrats won’t do it.”
Congressman Mo Brooks represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District. He is seeking a fifth term in the House of Representatives. He faces former Huntsville City Attorney Peter Joffrion in the November 6 general election.

(Original reporting by Fox News and the New York Post contributed to this report.)

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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