by Lloyd Billingsley
Police officer Ronil Singh, legal immigrant, falls to criminal who “doesn’t belong here.”
On December 26, Newman, California, police officer Cpl. Ronil “Ron” Singh pulled over a suspected drunk driver. “Shots fired,” Singh radioed, and those turned out to be his last words.
Officer Singh died of injuries sustained in a gunfight, and the shooter fled the scene. Police weren’t releasing his name, but did reveal that he was an illegal. “He doesn’t belong here,” Stanislaus County sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters, “he is a criminal.”
Two days later, police in Kern County arrested Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 33, a Mexican national with gang affiliations who had entered the country illegally and previously arrested for drunk driving. In a news conference Friday, sheriff Christianson told reporters Arriaga had five Facebook pages under fake names, and when arrested he was attempting to return to Mexico.
In the Friday press conference, Reggie Singh, the victim’s brother, broke down as he thanked law enforcement and homeland security for apprehending the suspect. Officer Singh came to the United States legally from Fiji, and his dream was to become a police officer. The immigrant had trouble with English, California’s the official language by a landslide 1986 vote, but he took courses and became proficient. Singh was popular in rural Newman, which had never seen an officer gunned down.
“While we absolutely need to stay focused on officer Singh’s service and sacrifice, we can’t ignore the fact that this could’ve been preventable,” Christianson said in the press conference. “And under SB54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement would’ve been prevented, prohibited from sharing any information with ICE about this criminal gang member. Ladies and gentlemen, this is not how you protect a community.”
Backers of SB54 claim that the sanctuary law will encourage illegals to cooperate with police. In this crime, illegals protected Arriaga from law enforcement, and by Saturday police had made seven arrests, including Arriaga’s brother, and brought charges of aiding and abetting the suspect.
While Arriaga was still on the run, outgoing governor Jerry Brown issued a statement extending condolences to Singh and his family and acknowledging law enforcement. Brown, who during an earlier term protected violent fugitive Dennis Banks, said nothing about the suspect or the state’s sanctuary law, the so-called “California Values Act,” which the governor supports.
SB54 author Kevin de Leon, whose name on voter rolls is Kevin Alexander Leon, claims his father is a Chinese cook from Guatemala. De Leon issued no public statement on the killing of Ronil Singh, and neither did state attorney general Xavier Becerra, who plays the same role as those who shielded Arriaga from the police.
Becerra’s beef is not with illegals but those who report illegals to federal authorities. On Becerra’s watch, MS-13 has inflicted a reign of terror in Mendota, near Fresno. The gang has murdered 14, hacking victims to death with machetes and leaving the mutilated bodies on display.
While Arriaga was still on the run, President Trump tweeted, “There is right now a full scale manhunt going on in California for an illegal immigrant accused of shooting and killing a police officer during a traffic stop. Time to get tough on Border Security. Build the Wall!” San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi believes the border wall is “immoral,” and has shown a soft spot for the “divine spark” in MS-13 gang members.
Pelosi issued no public statement on the slaying of officer Singh, and neither did Dianne Feinstein, who failed to speak out on the suspect’s “gun violence.” State supreme court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye is on record that ICE agents are “stalking” illegals in courthouses.
The Chief Justice, Pelosi, Brown, and Becerra kept rather quiet when a criminal illegal gunned down Kate Steinle, and when racist Mexican Luis Bracamontes murdered police officers Danny Oliver and Michael Davis in Sacramento. So for ruling-class Democrats, the death of officer Ronil Singh is of secondary concern.
For criticizing the sanctuary law, and openly stating that the suspect was not supposed to be in the country, sheriff Christianson will become the target for leftist Democrats and their media allies. They will charge that the sheriff is unfairly targeting the “undocumented,” who serve as the Democrats’ imported electorate.
California has given driver’s licenses to more than one million illegals, and the DMV automatically registers them to vote. Secretary of state Alex Padilla refuses to reveal the voter rolls but prosecutors in the Singh case might get a court order to see if Gustavo Perez Arriaga and those who shielded him from the police also voted illegally, perhaps under all their fake names.
California Democrats have made false-documented illegals, even violent criminals, a privileged, protected class. Until the rule of law again prevails in the Golden State, more legitimate American citizens and law abiding legal immigrants are certain to fall.
Officer Ronil Singh leaves behind a wife, Anamika, and a son five months old. The Stanislaus Sworn Deputies Association has established a memorial fund in Singh’s honor.
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