Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) weighed in on Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa girl murdered by an illegal immigrant, in an interview Wednesday. Warren gave her sympathies to the family but quickly changed the subject to the broader immigration reform. The Senator said she was "so sorry" for the family, but they "need" to "focus" on where the "real problems are" in the immigration system, such as the child separation policy at the border.
Symone Sanders, former spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, wrote in a Twitter missive that Tibbets lost her life due to "toxic masculinity." Tweets below.
(UPDATE BELOW: Angel Mom Tells Elizabeth Warren To Stop Lying)
JOHN BERMAN, CNN HOST: I want to get one last question in here because it is a story, a very important story in the news. It has to deal with Molly Tibbetts, the young woman in Iowa who was murdered, her bodied believed to be found yesterday. A person has been charge with it, this person is an undocumented immigrant. Mike Pence and the President has suggested immigration laws need to be stronger so that people like this man who was accused of this murder were not in the country, your reaction.
SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-MA): My, I’m so sorry for the family here and I know this is hard and not only for the family but for the people in her community, the people throughout Iowa. But one of the things we have to remember is we need an immigration system that is effective, that focuses on where real problems are.
Last month, I went down to the border and I saw where children have been taken away from their mothers. I met with those mothers who had been lied to, who didn’t know where their children were, who hadn’t had a chance to talk to their children. And there was no plan for how they would be re-unified with their children.
I think we need immigration laws that focus on people who pose a real threat and I don’t think mom’s and babies are the place that we should be spending our resources. Separating a momma from a baby does not make this country safer.
Symone Sanders, former spokeswoman for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, wrote in a Twitter thread Tibbets lost her life due to "toxic masculinity" and her murderer "happens to be undocumented." She added, "this isn't about border security."
In factor, Sanders said, the suspect "actually might not even be undocumented.
Her murderer actually might not even be undocumented. Regardless it is problematic for people to characterize an entire community based off the actions of one person. The majority of mass shootings in America are carried out by white men. So are we going to round them all up?...— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 22, 2018
Lest we continue to defile the life of #MollieTibbets with racist garbage some folks think is politically expedient that does nothing to address the root cause of the issue. Just stop.— Symone D. Sanders (@SymoneDSanders) August 22, 2018
Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of police sergeant Brandon Mendoza, who was killed by an illegal immigrant, blasts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, says she and other lawmakers don't care about the victims of illegal immigrant crime, like Mollie Tibbetts: