Virginia Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart called Wednesday for mass raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts was allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant.

Stewart, the Prince William County chairman who is running against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), said that authorities must respond with "harsh" action to the latest case of an American allegedly murdered by an illegal immigrant.

He said that ICE should begin in the populous Washington, D.C. suburb of Fairfax County and "remove criminal illegal aliens" from the area.

Stewart said Fairfax has a "massive MS-13 problem" and said that ICE should "raid" the jail and other facilities to purge the county of illegal immigrants.

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He said the problem of illegal immigration persists not just in Fairfax but throughout Virginia.

"I am so moved by what happened to Mollie Tibbetts," Stewart said, calling the alleged murder "disgusting."

Stewart called for other leaders to "stand with President Trump as we remove the threat of criminal illegal aliens."

Stewart said he spent a decade prosecuting illegal immigrants who were residing in Prince William, which lies about 20 miles south and west of Washington along the Route 234 corridor.

Kaine has also called for policies that seek immigration reform, supporting the bipartisan 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill and an "enhance[ment] of border security" while protecting recipients of the DREAM Act, according to a statement on his official Senate website.

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