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Trump renews calls for border wall funding after Mollie Tibbetts’ death

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  • President Donald Trump renewed calls to Republican
    leaders to fund the US-Mexico border wall, following the arrest
    of a suspect in the death of 20-year-old University of Iowa
    student Mollie Tibbetts.
  • “A person came in from Mexico, illegally, and killed
    her,” Trump claimed in a White House video posted to this
    Twitter account on Wednesday. “We need the wall, we need our
    immigration laws changed, we need our border laws
    changed.”
  • Trump called the US’s immigration laws “strictly
    pathetic.”

President Donald Trump renewed calls to fund a US-Mexico border
wall on Wednesday following the arrest of a suspect in the death of
20-year-old University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts.

“A person came in from Mexico, illegally, and killed her,” Trump
claimed in a White House video on Wednesday. “We need the wall,
we need our immigration laws changed, we need our border laws
changed.”

“We need Republicans to do it because the Democrats aren’t going
to do it,” Trump said. “This is one instance of many. We have
tremendous crime trying to come through the borders.”

On Tuesday, shortly after Tibbetts’ body was found in a corn
field, law enforcement officials arrested 24-year-old Cristihian Bahena Rivera.

The suspect is a Mexican national who lived illegally in Iowa for
up to seven years, according to Immigration and Customs
Enforcement officials. The case is ongoing, and
Rivera’s lawyer 
reportedly disputed
claims
 that his client is in the US
illegally.

“Sad and Sorry Trump has weighed in on this matter in
national media which will poison the entire possible pool of jury
members,”
attorney Allen Richards said
, following Trump’s comments on the
pending case.


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A
poster for University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts in
Brooklyn, Iowa, August 21, 2018.


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Neibergall/AP



Rivera allegedly confessed to following and approaching Tibbetts
when she went out for a jog, according to law-enforcement
officials. He claimed to have blacked out and discovered her body
in his car’s trunk.

Trump described Tibbetts as “an incredible young woman” and
offered his condolences to her family.

“To the family of Mollie Tibbetts, all I can say is ‘god bless
you,'” Trump said.

Trump’s call for the border wall has been met with
bipartisan resistance. Early in his campaign, Trump claimed the
wall’s estimated price tag of $12 billion would be funded by
Mexico; however, Mexico scoffed at the notion and some estimates indicate the wall would
cost around $67 billion for the entire 2,000 mile border.

The border wall issue has created an impasse between Democrats
and the White House. Senate Democrats previously signaled they
would consider funding for the wall in exchange for protecting
undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children.
But Trump has since demanded $25 billion up front for his wall,
which Democrats are unlikely to agree on unless the White House
relents to broad immigration reforms.

Watch Trump’s remarks here »

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