In the overnight hours of December 26, 2018 33- year old Newman California Police Officer Ronil Singh was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop. Gustavo Perez Arriaga an illegal immigrant from Mexico with a prior criminal record, active warrants for his arrest and who is a member of the Sureños street gang was arrested in Officer Singh’s death. Police said Officer Singh pulled Perez Arriaga over for suspicion of drunk driving when Arriaga opened fire killing Officer Singh.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson blamed California’s sanctuary law for preventing law enforcement from reporting Perez Arriaga to ICE at the time of his prior arrests adding that if Perez Arriaga had been deported Officer Singh would still be alive. “This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE. We are prohibited, law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh. I’m suggesting that the outcome cold have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference”.
Police say that Perez Arriaga had illegally crossed into the United States in Arizona and was fleeing back to Mexico at the time of his arrest.
Officer Singh was a native of Fiji and had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011. He had previously served with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department. He leaves behind a wife and 5-month old son.
Governor Murphy and Attorney General Grewal have set the stage for the same scenario here in New Jersey. On November 29, 2018 Grewal released the Immigrant Trust Directive Included in the new rules New Jersey law enforcement officers cannot turn illegal immigrants over to federal law enforcement officers for deportation or ask the immigration status of any individual unless doing so is necessary to the ongoing investigation of a serious offense and relevant to the offense under investigation. So in New Jersey, much like California law enforcement cannot inform ICE of dangerous violent criminals and those with gang affiliations in the county illegally. How many law enforcement officers will have to die in New Jersey before the law abiding citizens of the state have had enough of Murphy taking the state in the wrong direction and putting lives at risk?
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