The father of Mollie Tibbetts, the Iowa college student whom authorities say was killed by an illegal alien, urged in an op-ed published Saturday in The New York Times that his daughter’s death not be used to advance “racist” views against immigrants.
“At the outset, politicians and pundits used Mollie’s death to promote various political agendas. We appealed to them and they graciously stopped,” Rob Tibbetts wrote in an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register. For that, we are grateful.”
“Sadly, others have ignored our request. They have instead chosen to callously distort and corrupt Mollie’s tragic death to advance a cause she vehemently opposed. I encourage the debate on immigration; there is great merit in its reasonable outcome,” he continued. “But do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist.”
Rob Tibbits went on to write, “The person who is accused of taking Mollie’s life is no more a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are of all white people.”
He also writes, “To suggest otherwise is a lie. Justice in my America is blind. This person will receive a fair trial, as it should be. If convicted, he will face the consequences society has set. Beyond that, he deserves no more attention.”
Another family member commented on social media: “Especially for those of you who did not know her in life, you do not get to usurp Mollie and her legacy for your racist, false narrative now that she is no longer with us. We hereby reclaim our Mollie.”
Tibbetts’s body was found late last month after having been missing for more than a month.
Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML News commented on the op-ed. “No parent should have to bury a child, it’s for that reason why my heart hurts for the Tibbetts family. As for the rest of Rob’s comments about racism and immigration, he sounds as if it is he who is blinded by politics, and he should become more familiar with who killed his daughter and how it could have been avoided. The request that Mollie’s death not be highlighted as another tragedy stemming from open borders will be lost on me. I mean no disrespect to the Tibbetts family, but it’s the duty of the press to tell the truth, and I won’t overlook that part because someone killed by an illegal alien once championed for the open borders movement. Furthermore, we must get the record straight, Mollie wasn’t killed by an immigrant, she was murdered by an illegal alien that had no right to be in the USA. Stating otherwise is a lie, and to ignore this puts other daughters in danger.”