California Sheriff blames “Sanctuary State” law in Officer Ronil Singh’s slaying by illegal immigrant
“The outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited, or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
During 2018, Legal Insurrection covered California’s “Sanctuary State” rules and their impact on Golden State communities, as well as the revolt against these measures by cities and counties:
- President Trump hosts Sanctuary State roundtable with California #CounterResistance leaders
- California’s #CounterResistance to “Sanctuary State” law continues to grow, more cities consider taking a stand
- Over a dozen states join Trump’s lawsuit against “Sanctuary State” California
Legal Insurrection has been following the developments surrounding the manhunt and subsequent arrest of Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, who is the illegal immigrant they suspect murdered California cop Ronil Singh.
The sheriff leading the investigation blamed California’s sanctuary state law for preventing local authorities from reporting Arriaga to U.S. immigration officials for two previous drunken driving arrests.
If he had been deported, the sheriff said, Cpl. Ronil Singh of the tiny Newman Police Department would still be alive.
“We can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters, asking why the state was “providing sanctuary for criminals (and) gang members. It’s a conversation we need to have.”
…Perez Arriaga crossed the border in Arizona several years ago and had worked a variety of jobs as a laborer, including at several dairies. The 33-year-old Mexico native had gang affiliations and multiple Facebook pages with different names, Christianson said.
Christianson is angry that state officials cannot use ICE resources for law enforcement and public protection.
“We were prohibited — law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with officer Singh,” Christianson said at Friday’s news conference. “The outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited, or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
Christianson never said when Arriaga was arrested, but records show — and officials confirmed — that he was picked up for a DUI in Madera County on June 5, 2014 — years before the state’s sanctuary law prohibited local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
…“We’re not here to enforce federal immigration law — that’s not our job,” Christianson said at the news conference. “But law enforcement should be able to turn people over to ICE who are gang members who victimize and exploit others.”
Many Americans share the sheriff’s thoughts about the “Sanctuary State” rules.
The blood of Kate Steinle, Mollie Tibbetts, and now Ronil Singh and others is on the hands of open border advocates and the sanctuary city loons who provide no sanctuary for the American citizen victims of these invading illegal alien criminals. https://t.co/NQn0l2bLN2
— Francis Smythe #CCOT (@francissmythe) December 29, 2018
I wish there was a Federal Law that allowed the Attorney General to charge the Governor of California Jerry Brown, for his Sanctuary policies in the State, on the Death of PO .Someone should pay for the Death of the PO Ronil Singh. And I’m not talking about the Dirt Bag illegal
— Brianwilliammead (@Brianwilliamme2) December 29, 2018
And, in great moments of political hubris, California State Senator Kevin de León, who introduced SB 54n (California’s “sanctuary state” law) that was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2017, sent Singh’s family some condolences. The social media message was not appreciated by many.
You should be ashamed. If our state communicated with ICE after BOTH of his illegal immigrant killer’s DUI convictions then Ronil Singh would be alive and his baby son would have a dad. Instead you advocate for abolishing ICE and endorse sanctuary state status in California. https://t.co/IdA8ih8Zzs
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 29, 2018
Meanwhile, 7 people have been arrested for being accomplices to Singh’s alleged killer.
Arriaga’s brother, Adrian Virgen, and co-worker, Erik Razo Quiroz, were arrested and accused of acting as accomplices, authorities said.
Another brother Conrado Virgen Mendoza, 34, and Arriaga’s girlfriend Ana Leyde Cervantes, 30 were arrested on Friday for aiding Arriaga in evading authorities.
Youngblood said that three additional people were also arrested in the South Valley for aiding and abetting Arriaga, according to KFSN.
Youngblood identified those suspects as Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, Erasmo Villegas, 36 and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57. He said the trio was inside the house where Arriaga was arrested.
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