Authorities swarm the dairy farm where Mollie Tibbetts & # 039; murderer worked under false name

A team of ICE agents and local police spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Thursday morning as they looked around the property and talked to workers

Immigration agents have invaded the Iowa dairy farm that employed and housed the Mexican man accused of killing university student Mollie Tibbetts.

A team of ICE agents and local police spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn on Thursday morning as they looked around the property and talked to the workers.

The owners of the dairy farm are cooperating with the federal authorities who had asked to visit the business after the arrest of Cristhian Bahena Rivera on the death of Tibbetts.

Yarrabee Farms confirmed in a statement that investigators met with employees and owners, but said it could not provide additional details due to an ongoing investigation.

A team of ICE agents and local police spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Thursday morning as they looked around the property and talked to workers

A team of ICE agents and local police spent two hours at Yarrabee Farms in Brooklyn, Iowa, on Thursday morning as they looked around the property and talked to workers

The Department of Homeland Security and ICE were leading the investigation on the farm, according to the spokesperson for the Criminal Investigation Division, Mitch Mortvedt.

Mortvedt said that means that the activity focused on federal law and not on homicide, which his agency is leading.

The search comes just a day after it was learned that Rivera, 24, had worked on the farm for years under a false name: John Budd.

Rivera was arrested and charged with first-degree murder last month for the stabbed death of Tibbetts, who disappeared while running in Brooklyn on July 18.

Researchers say that Rivera, a 24-year-old native of Mexico who came to the United States during his adolescence, was in the country illegally and is subject to deportation proceedings.

The farm has said that at least a couple of its approximately dozens of employees left the area after Rivera's arrest, which sent fear through the immigrant community.

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, worked on the farm for four years under a false name: John Budd. The owners of the dairy farm are cooperating with the federal authorities who had asked to visit the business after their arrest on the death of Tibbetts

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, worked on the farm for four years under a false name: John Budd. The owners of the dairy farm are cooperating with the federal authorities who had asked to visit the business after their arrest on the death of Tibbetts

Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, worked on the farm for four years under a false name: John Budd. The owners of the dairy farm are cooperating with the federal authorities who had asked to visit the business after their arrest on the death of Tibbetts

Police say Rivera went on and confronted Tibbetts while she was out on July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa, and then stabbed her to death.

The dairy, which has about 800 cows and is owned by a prominent family with ties to the Republican Party, says it received dozens of angry phone calls and some death threats.

Rivera worked there for approximately four years and lived in one of his free trailers. The farm has said that approximately half of its workers live in furnished houses.

Farm managers have said that Rivera presented an out-of-state identification and social security number when he was hired in 2014, and that they did not know his true identity until his arrest on August 21.

The company did not use the government's voluntary E-Verify system to verify their identity and eligibility to work, although it is not clear if that would have made a difference.

The farm manager, Dane Lang, apologized earlier this month for an error in falsely claiming to have used E-Verify in an initial statement on the day of Rivera's arrest, hours after he allegedly took the police to the body. Tibbetts in a nearby corn field.

Lori Chesser, an immigration employment lawyer who advises the farm, said companies can not discriminate against workers based on how they look or what their names sound like.

The farm followed the legal requirements to examine the documents and determined that they looked genuine on their face and related to the person presenting them, Chesser said.

The farm manager, Dane Lang, said Rivera presented an out-of-state identification and a Social Security number when he was hired in 2014, and that he did not know his true identity until August 21.

The farm manager, Dane Lang, said Rivera presented an out-of-state identification and a Social Security number when he was hired in 2014, and that he did not know his true identity until August 21.

The farm manager, Dane Lang, said Rivera presented an out-of-state identification and a Social Security number when he was hired in 2014, and that he did not know his true identity until August 21.

The dairy, which has about 800 cows and is owned by a prominent family with ties to the Republican Party, says it received dozens of angry phone calls and some death threats.

The dairy, which has about 800 cows and is owned by a prominent family with ties to the Republican Party, says it received dozens of angry phone calls and some death threats.

The dairy, which has about 800 cows and is owned by a prominent family with ties to the Republican Party, says it received dozens of angry phone calls and some death threats.

"Questioning a name or other characteristic would violate the anti-discrimination provisions of the law."

During his four years at the farm near Brooklyn, Iowa, Rivera was called and responded to the name he used in the hiring process, "said Chesser, who lived in a trailer owned by the farm as a benefit of his job, as than half of its 10 workers.

Employers generally do not face legal consequences for hiring a worker with false documents, as long as they are not involved in obtaining them and there is no other obvious reason to suspect that they are fraudulent, said Bob Teig, a retired US attorney in Iowa.

"In unusual circumstances, it would be difficult to prove that they knew more than what they were told," Teig said, adding that it would be "quite racist" to assume that John Budd could not be Hispanic.

Rivera has been jailed on $ 5 million bail while awaiting trial for a charge of first-degree murder, which carries a life sentence.

It occurs when Tibbetts' father, Rob Tibbetts, urged the public not to bring his daughter's death to the divisive racial debate over immigration.

"The person accused of taking Mollie's life is no longer a reflection of the Hispanic community as white supremacists are all white," he wrote in an op-ed for the Des Moines Register.

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