In July 2018, I learned about the missing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts who was last seen jogging nearby the home of her boyfriend's brother.
From the beginning of the story, her boyfriend was making cries for support to find his missing girlfriend along with her parents. In many cases, it is actually the boyfriend that is involved in the disappearance and eventual murder but analyzing his response and behavior I had felt at the time he was not involved and he in fact was not involved.
Over a month later, in late August, it was revealed that an illegal Mexican immigrant by the name of Christian Rivera was arrested and charged with her murder. Given the current state of politics and the present US Administration's position on immigration, especially from Mexico, I was certain President Trump would use this story to support his position on immigration and illegal immigration into the United States - and he did. I was greatly disappointed to find out the background of the murderer and the fact he had already lived between four to seven years in Iowa.
His story raises the challenge for immigrants and illegal immigrants to integrate into western society and their ability to achieve a successful life through education and meaningful work. Rivera's action are inexcusable but as we can see with many events on both sides of the Canada and US border, more initiatives and infrastructure should be put into place eliminating social exclusion and isolation to provide meaning into these individuals lives and, hopefully, reduce violence and crime.
I believe mental health is a human right. Denying at risk individuals the correct support is inhuman and unconscionable.
|Nationality||Jailed within 1 year (%)||Jailed within 3 years (%)||Earn at least one college degree (%)|
|Directly Involved or Impacted||Rob Tibbets (father)||Cristhian Bahena Rivera (suspect)||
|Key Politicians or Leaders|
|Other Family||Jake Tibbetts (brother)||Scott Tibbets (brother)||Dalton Jack (boyfriend)|
Written by Adam Suleman.
Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. ~Oprah