Opinion: We must fix immigration laws to prevent further horrific tragedies
Last week our country collectively mourned the loss of 20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.
According to investigators, Tibbetts was followed and murdered by an illegal immigrant while on a run near her Brooklyn, Iowa home.
Her killer illegally entered our country. He then worked at an Iowa farm for several years after giving them fake identification and breaking through the very system in place to prevent these tragedies from occurring.
Tibbett’s murder has brought the debate over immigration reform to the forefront of the American consciousness once again.
Republicans like Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley are advocating for stronger immigration laws. Democrats like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have focused mostly on scoring political points against our president.
In a CNN interview last week, Warren pivoted from sharing her condolences to the Tibbetts family to attacking the administration’s zero tolerance policy of border enforcement.
According to Warren, we should be focusing on the people who “pose a real threat.”
Senator Warren, Americans such as Mollie Tibbetts, Kate Steinle, and Drew Rosenberg dying at the hands of illegal immigrants is a very real threat.
Here’s the Bottom Line: Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mollie Tibbetts and to all of the families who have been permanently separated from their children due to horrific tragedy such as this.
Abolishing ICE and opening our borders are unacceptable solutions to our flawed immigration system.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.