Mollie Tibbetts, R.I.P.

This news of Mollie Tibbetts is just one of those awful news stories that it’s easy to be tempted to ignore. Here is Mark Krikorian writing at National Review:

The role of immigration policy failures

How responsible is immigration policy for Mollie Tibbetts’s murder?

The chief culprit, obviously, is the murderer himself, Mexican illegal alien Cristhian Rivera (if that’s even his real name). But immigration control is one of the elemental responsibilities of the national government, and it failed in this case. As Senator Tom Cotton put it: “Mollie would be alive if our government had taken immigration enforcement seriously years ago.”

But there are different levels of culpability. The government bears the greatest share of blame when the authorities have an illegal alien in custody, they know he’s deportable, they release him anyway, and he goes on to commit more crimes. For example, it’s not too much to say that the elected and appointed officials of San Francisco were accomplices in the deaths of Kate Steinle and the Bologna family because of that city’s sanctuary policies.