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The prominent Republican family which owns the farm where Mollie Tibbetts’ alleged killer worked have insisted that he passed background checks for migrant workers.
Christhian Rivera, 24, who is from Mexico, was charged with first degree murder on Tuesday after leading police to a corn field where Mollie’s body was dumped.
The article goes on to state the following:
Dane Lang, co-owner of Yarrabee Farms along with Eric Lang, confirmed that Rivera had worked there for four years and was an employee ‘of good standing.’
Dane’s brother is Craig Lang, former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation and the Iowa Board of Regents, and a 2018 Republican candidate for state secretary of agriculture.
Dane’s statement said: ‘First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Mollie Tibbetts.
‘This is a profoundly sad day for our community. All of us at Yarrabee Farms are shocked to hear that one of our employees was involved and is charged in this case.
‘This individual has worked at our farms for four years, was vetted through the government’s E-Verify system, and was an employee in good standing.
‘On Monday, the authorities visited our farm and talked to our employees. We have cooperated fully with their investigation.’
The E-Verify site allows employers to establish the eligibility of employees, both US or foreign, by comparing a worker’s Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 with data held by the government.
The employee is eligible to work in the US if the data matches. If it doesn’t, the worker has only eight federal government work days to resolve the issue.
Despite the Lang family using the system, police say Rivera had been in the US illegally for between four and seven years.
— Laura Terrell KCCI (@LTerrellKCCI) August 22, 2018
The Daily Mail also provided the following information:
It’s understood the company hires around 15 migrant workers, most of whom are believed to be Mexican.
Rivera is believed to have lived with a number of other migrant workers on a secluded farmhouse in Brooklyn owned by their employer.
At 3pm on Monday, law enforcement arrived at the farmhouse where Rivera worked, according to a neighbor.
FBI agents were still searching the house and a number of nearby trailers on Tuesday afternoon.
Neighbors said the building housed a ‘revolving door’ of hired migrant workers but that they had never caused any problems.
FBI agents attended another nearby property belonging to the farm overnight Monday to quiz Rivera’s co-workers, most of whom claim only to understand Spanish.
‘There was a panic when they arrived because they thought at first that it was ICE launching a raid,’ a local source told DailyMail.com.
‘A lot of these people arrive with forged documents. But it turned it was the FBI and it was about Mollie.’
According to public records the property being searched is owned by Mary and Craig Lang, whose family own the nearby Yarrabee Farms.
The Daily Mail also shared multiple photos found on Rivera’s Facebook page, including the following:
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The @AP reports that Cristhian Bahena Rivera, accused of murdering #MollieTibbetts, worked at Yarrabee Farms for the last 4 years and was an employee in good standing. Yarrabee is owned by Craig Lang, former prez of the IA Farm Bureau and one-time candidate for Ag Sec. @KCCINews
— Chris Gothner KCCI (@CGothnerKCCI) August 22, 2018
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) August 22, 2018