The Mollie Tibbetts murder continues to emerge as a flashpoint in the immigration debate, even if some members of the Iowa student's family aren't happy about it, reports NBC News. The reason? US immigration officials say 24-year-old suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera was in the country illegally, though his attorney continues to push back against that claim. A look at related developments:
- Geraldo criticizes Fox: One of those criticizing Fox News for focusing so strongly on the immigration angle turns out to be one of its own hosts, Geraldo Rivera, reports the Washington Post. "We, at this network, are putting that spin on this story," Rivera said on the network Thursday night. "This is a murder story. It's not an immigration story." He added that he knows he's in the minority view in the Fox audience on this, "but I'm begging you to have compassion and not brand this entire population by the deeds of this one person."
- Counter-view: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has been among those on the right blaming too-soft immigration policies for the murder. "The CNNs, the MSNBCs, most of the print media in this country, and the Democrats, they are all accomplices in the death of this young girl and the death of everyone else," he said on Fox, per DallasNews.com. He also called out Geraldo Rivera, and the two plan to debate the issue.