While the left-wing media pours an ocean’s worth of ink covering the (admittedly sad) deaths of two illegal immigrant children in Border Patrol custody, they have largely ignored the equally-heartbreaking death of California lawman Ron Singh, who was shot by a drunk driver the day after Christmas. This is perhaps because the shooter in question was an illegal immigrant named Gustavo Perez Arriaga from Mexico.
The suspect has since been apprehended by police in Kern County, removing him from the streets and (hopefully) setting him up for a nice, lifelong stay behind prison walls. But that won’t change the fact that an officer is dead – an officer who happens to have been an immigrant himself. A LEGAL immigrant from Fiji.
At a press conference, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson lamented a tragedy that should have never happened.
“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. “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.”
SB54 is the so-called “sanctuary state” law that Sacramento passed in early 2018. It has since come under federal scrutiny; the Trump DOJ filed suit against California in the spring, but it’s unclear how that will shake out in the courts. In the meantime, local officials are not only prohibited from releasing illegal immigrant criminals into ICE custody, they are in most instances forbidden from even communicating with federal immigration authorities.
And now, because California police officers are forbidden from doing everything in their power to keep the state safe, we have tragedies like this unfolding on a regular basis.