The Wall Street Journal: Trump calls for tougher immigration laws in wake of Iowa slaying

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President Donald Trump used the death of Mollie Tibbetts on Wednesday to call for a change in immigration laws and justify his separation of illegal immigrants from their children at the border.

Trump tweeted a video message about Tibbetts — who was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant in Brooklyn, Iowa — just one day after two of his close associates were convicted of federal crimes.

“Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family,” Trump said in a reference to his administration’s family separation policy.

“A person came in from Mexico illegally and killed her.”

The murder suspect, Cristhian Rivera, worked at a farm owned by a prominent Iowa GOP family. The owners claim Rivera passed the E-verify system check.

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“We have tremendous crime trying to come through the borders,” Trump added. “Nobody has laws like the United States — they are strictly pathetic.”

Rivera’s lawyer claims the man is not here illegally — but has not provided proof.

Trump called for Republicans to change the immigration laws because the “Democrats will never do it.”

This report originally appeared on NYPost.com.