In August of 2018, an “undocumented migrant” (read between the lines on that one) who worked on a farm in Iowa for over four years was arrested and charged for the murder of 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts.
According to Breitbart News, the suspect, 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera was an:
“Illegal alien living in a region of Iowa that was surrounded by sanctuary cities, and worked on a dairy farm using a stolen ID and Social Security card after allegedly crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as a child.”
Extensive investigations led police to Rivera who eventually admitted that he had followed Tibbets, who was an avid runner on her daily run, down a deserted country road. After admitting this detail, Rivera led police to a field where he showed them the remains of what they believed to be Tibbetts hidden under corn stalks.
Tibbets had been missing for over a month before investigations led to Rivera. After the remains were identified to be Tibbets, Rivera admitted to police that he followed her on her run and that at one point he even ran beside her.
He also told police that, Tibbets had threated to call authorities if he didn’t leave her alone, and took her cell phone out to make the call.
Police said it was at this time, Rivera abducted her. He was charged with first degree murder- with the possibility of life in prison.
At the time of his arrest police say Rivera was extremely cooperative with investigators answering their questions and assisting in the investigation. (Like showing them where he left her body!)
Fast forward over a year later and Rivera is costing taxpayers big dollars as he sits in prison.
According to Breitbart news, an analysis the media outlet conducted:
“Finds the illegal alien has racked up a more than $22,000 bill for which Iowa taxpayers must pay. The latest figures obtained by KCCI 8 Des Moines reveal that about $1,397 worth of interpreter services have been billed in addition to the roughly $12,485 that taxpayers have [already] paid to an interpreter for Rivera as of March 1, 2019. On top of these fees, taxpayers had to pay $5,000 in September 2018 to provide Rivera with expert investigators to help him fight the murder charges, as well as $3,200 to pay for an expert witness.”
In total, the cost to taxpayers so far provided to Rivera amounts to at least $22,082.
As one can imagine, this has gotten legal United States citizens up in arms. More than 200 United States citizen have sent letters to the court overseeing the Rivera case stating that illegal aliens:
“Do not have constitutional rights and therefore should not be awarded taxpayer money to pay for their defense.”
Attorney in Mollie Tibbetts Murder Trial: Illegal Alien Has ‘Constitutional Right’ to Taxpayer Fundinghttps://t.co/nuZFTp4COh
— John Binder 👽 (@JxhnBinder) September 16, 2018
If it wasn’t bad enough that taxpayers are paying for the defense of a murderer who was in the country illegally, according to Breitbart News:
“Rivera’s attorneys have sought for months to suppress his alleged murder confession and have it thrown out of the case before the trial begins on November 12. Most recently, they said Rivera’s “Constitutional rights” were violated when police questioned him.”
Reread that last sentence.
Yes, someone who snuck into America, who admitted to murdering a United States citizen (who actually had constitutional rights, before he took her young innocent life), has lawyers that are arguing that his CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS have been violated!! We’ll have to go back and reread the part in the Constitution where the founding fathers mentioned the rights of those who sneak into America…
As it stands it is also reported by several news outlets that:
“Rivera successfully got his trial date pushed back and moved his trial to a less white, more Hispanic-populated county in the state. His defense team argued that only a more Hispanic-populated region of Iowa would be able to fairly judge the murder trial.”
Yes, you read that right, the court has already granted that motion.
According to police reports, Rivera while admitting her did follow Tibbets and leading them to her body in the corn field, told police that after Tibbets threatened to call the authorities on him, he “blacked out” and doesn’t remember anything further that he may have done.
Breitbart News states:
“Police believe Rivera stabbed Tibbetts to death, then drove to a cornfield where prosecutors say he placed cornstalks over her to hide her body.”
He has been held on a $5 million bond.
His trial is scheduled to start November 12th, that is if he doesn’t successfully get it pushed back again. Which would again cost the tax payers more money.
According to an article that was written in 2016 in The Gazette explained:
“[Iowa]State taxpayers paid an average daily cost of $95.16 to house nearly 8,100 inmates in Iowa’s nine prisons during the fiscal year that ended in June 2016, according to a state audit issued Wednesday. That cost calculated to $34,830 per inmate per year, which was up $4,200 from fiscal 2012 when the average daily cost stood at $83.69 and the state’s prison population stood at 8,573.”
So add in the rising costs in America in general, and times that by the average cost of housing an inmate in Iowa, if Rivera is sentenced to life in prison, the tax payers not only stand to pay for his entire legal defense team, they could be looking at paying hundreds of thousands of dollars– just to keep him alive in prison for the remainder of his life.
I’m sure Mollie Tibbets just wanted to get through college, and if she was like most of America’s youth, figure out a way to PAY BACK a student loan debt.
Rivera took that away from her when he took her life, and now taxpayers are forced to pay to protect his American“Constitutional rights”. No wonder everyone wants to come live in our country.
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In the meantime, earlier this week we reported on how officials are releasing prisoners to spite ICE and it’s putting citizens in danger.
New Jersey is locked in a tumultuous battle over how to handle undocumented immigrants who find themselves behind bars. And while a large group of people are fighting to keep them locked up and have them moved into the custody of ICE, key officials are putting up roadblocks to spite them.
And now New Jersey residents are finding themselves being put at risk.
The story comes to light after a large number of accused criminals that were in the country illegally were released from county jails. While this is the norm for citizens to often be released before their trials, officials seem to be ignoring ICE directives.
On Monday, Cumberland County officials issued a statement over their concern that local citizens will become “collateral damage” in the legal battle between Trenton’s sanctuary status and federal officials’ duties to remove dangerous criminals from the streets.
What’s happening? Local law enforcement officers are arresting criminals and they’re releasing them from custody – despite ICE continuing to file detainers to hold them. These actions stem from the “immigrant trust” directive created by state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
It’s called Law Enforcement Directive 2018-6, more commonly referred to as the “Immigrant Trust Directive”, and it bars local law enforcement agencies from working with federal immigration officials.
Grewal says that the measure was supposed to build trust between the immigrant communities and law enforcement for reporting and helping with criminal investigations. He says cooperation with ICE can only continue if he decides it serves “a valid law enforcement purpose.”
Recently, ICE officials posted a list of 54 criminals that have been released from jail facilities across the county. The Daily Journal reported that the releases were approved despite the federal detainers issued to keep them locked up.
Let’s take a look at an example.
A Mexican national identified as Luciano Dominguez-Trejo was arrested in August and charged with raping an underage girl in Vineland, New Jersey. Despite an arrest record within the area that dated back six years and despite his immigration status, officials chose to release him back into the community until his trial went before the local Superior Court.
Dominguez-Trejo has previously failed to appear in court for an assault charge.
The Mexican national was set free from the county jail even though ICE claimed that its Mount Laurel office and Pacific Enforcement Response Center had filed official detainer requests to keep him behind bars. He faces charges of sexual assault of a minor, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal restraint, according to court records.
Cumberland County Freeholder Director Joe Derella is upset over the way the situation is being handled. He wants residents to know they won’t be put in the middle of the legal battle between the state and federal officials.
“When it comes to the protection of our residents, there is zero room for mistakes,” said Derella. “As the director, I will first brief the rest of the Board and then recommend asking the Attorney General to come to Cumberland and personally reassure our residents that they will not be collateral damage in the State’s fight against the Federal Government.”
Others say that the governor needs to step up and do more.
“Our governor knows all too well that there are illegal immigrants currently on the run from ICE who have raped, abused, and assaulted women and children,” Vineland attorney and Senate candidate Michael Testa Jr. said.
After the reports surfaced that the jail officials had released the accused rapist, Cumberland County Jail Warden Richard Smith fired back – saying that it wasn’t the fault of his employees for the prisoner’s release. He says the jail had received the detainer after the prisoner had already been set free.
“We are tough on our staff when they are in the wrong, but I will fight for my officers when they’ve done their job and in this instance they did just that,” Smith said. “I realize ICE has been busy conducting raids and arresting immigrants, but what I won’t allow is for them not to have done their job and then attempt to place the blame on my department.”
‘Enough is enough’ – ICE official blasts New Jersey’s ‘sanctuary’ directive. ICE had to arrest 54 illegal aliens criminals unleashed onto the public by corrupt sanctuary politicians. https://t.co/cw8dpmcdso
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 27, 2019
But Grewal shot it down, claiming absolute power over his directive to police.
“Officials and residents may not instruct their law enforcement officers to ignore a law enforcement directive,” Grewal said following complaints about the measure.
Federal immigration officials say two alleged child rapists are on the run after New York and New Jersey authorities refused to hold the suspects in jail for ICE. https://t.co/hejnsdZEVI
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) September 27, 2019
“It’s absolutely ridiculous that the Attorney General would tell the Cape May Sheriff to not follow the law,” State Senator Robert Andrzejczak stated. “Our law enforcement agents make our community safe, and they have to be allowed to do their job. I want the Cape May sheriff to know we stand with him and oppose any effort by the AG to stop him from enforcing the law.”
Anthony Gallo is a candidate running for the elected position of sheriff in Middlesex county. He says that the AG’s stance on immigration is going directly against federal law. In a Facebook post, the GOP candidate called out AG Gurbir Grewal and asked for him to step down.
The post accused Grewal of “harboring ‘criminal’ illegal aliens” within New Jersey communities, noting that of 21 counties in the state, 19 “have been releasing these ‘Criminals’ into our backyards with our Families.”
Gallo wrote that “NO politician or appointed official has the right to tell a sitting Sheriff who is elected by the People what to do. Only the people can do that at the ballot box.”
Insider NJ reported that Gallo also called for the removal of Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott, “who listens to this Criminal Attorney General and not the People of Middlesex County.”
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