Illegal kills officer in California, Sheriff blasts Sanctuary Cities
The sheriff leading the investigation into the shooting death of a California police officer took aim at so-called sanctuary laws that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. [California state and several counties in other states also have been declared as ‘sanctuary’ for illegals and criminals.]
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters, Dec. 28, that the suspect was in the country illegally and that if he had been deported for previous DUI arrests, Cpl. Ronil Singh would still be alive.
Christianson blamed California's sanctuary law for preventing local authorities from reporting Gustavo Perez Arriaga to federal immigration officials.
He spoke at the news conference about making laws stricter as Ronil Singh's brother wept beside him.
The sheriff says Perez Arriaga was a native of Mexico and had been in the U.S. illegally for several years.
He says Perez Arriaga's brother and co-worker also have been arrested for misleading investigators.
Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters that Gustavo Perez Arriaga was arrested in Bakersfield. He said Perez Arriaga was in the country illegally after crossing the border in Arizona. Had been in the US for years and was trying to cross back over the border before his arrest.
Arriaga had two prior drunken driving arrests and had gang affiliations.
Authorities searched for the man they say gunned down a California police officer the day after Christmas, inflaming the nationwide debate on immigration.
President Donald Trump referred to the death of police Cpl. Ronil Singh in a tweet, Dec. 27, and ended with the demand: "Build the wall!"
[There have been numerous cases of illegals that attacked, robbed, killed and raped. Many were given sanctuary by the state and some churches also and some have been released by liberal courts. They were never handed over to federal authorities for deportation. California leads in these cases.]
Singh died Dec. 26, after stopping a suspected drunken driver in the tiny town of Newman in California's agricultural San Joaquin Valley.
A suspect was identified from convenience store video before the killing; he remained at large for two days and was considered armed and dangerous.
Newman's police chief, Randy Richardson, held back tears, Dec. 27, as he described Singh — an original native of Fiji — as a patriot who worked hard to serve his adopted country.
[AP contributed to the report]