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On ‘Fox & Friends,” the former ICE acting director, calls on the Democrats to stop playing politics and fix the immigration system once and for all ” after an illegal immigrant is accused of killing the Iowa college student.
The Mexican national accused of murder and on the student Mollie Tibbetts in Iowa last month lived in the United States illegally for several years — and worked for a farm that used Social Security Administration data, in part vet potential employees, according to the officials.
However, Yarrabee Farms co-owner and manager, Dane Long clarified Tuesday afternoon that the farm not with a federal E-Verify check on suspicious Cristhian Rivera, despite the claim earlier in the day that it did.
Long said Rivera, provided a state-issued photo id and a social security card. “We have learnt that our employee was not who he said he is.”
Rivera, 24, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder on Tuesday after the body of Tibbetts, a 20-year-old University of Iowa student, was found in a cornfield about 12 miles to the southeast of Brooklyn, where she was last seen running. The police said Rivera was in the country illegally and an immigration detainer was placed on him after his arrest.
Yarrabee Farms told reporters Rivera worked on the farm for four years.
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Long said previously that all documents relating to Rivera’s employment are transferred to the authorities. Yarrabee Farms is owned by the family of Craig Lang, the former president of the Iowa Farm Bureau and a former GOP primary candidate in Iowa, the Minister of Agriculture.
Researchers have said, he came to the U.S. illegally from Mexico at some point between 4 and 7 years ago.
A study of the Iowa court records revealed no prior criminal history for Rivera, and it is unclear whether he has ever been subject to prior deportation proceedings.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services do not respond immediately to a request for comment.
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Identity fraud is the most common way of illegal immigrants and unscrupulous employers try to avoid the system, said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Although the details about the Rivera can be gamed the system is still not clear, Vaughan said that many of the cases prosecuted in the past have seen, is an illegal immigrant just buy fraudulent identities.
“There are cases of the detainees of the sale of their identity because they are locked and don’t need them,” she said.
In one Massachusetts case, the hiring of a manager actually had an agreement with one of the identity of the seller on the other side of the street that would help an illegal immigrant is an identity that would pass muster, Vaughan said.
“They would send to the other side of the street and tell them to come back later,” she said.
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Rivera’s coming to the US. if a teenager has also been questions about if he can be of a so-called “Dreamer” that may be eligible for the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Vaughan, however, said that it is unlikely is because in order to qualify for DACA, an illegal immigrant child must have lived in the united states for at least five years for 2012. If Rivera came in 2011 – the earliest officials believed that he was able to cross the border of Mexico – he would not fit the criteria.
USCIS officials have not confirmed any DACA status for Rivera.
“There are a lot of layers to peel off,” Vaughan said.
Fox News’ Cristina Corbin, in Brooklyn, Iowa, Mike Arroyo, Travis Fedschun, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Lucia I. Suarez Sang a Reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @luciasuarezsang