December 29, 2018 – In Breaking News – The Washington Post
The arrest Friday of a man in the shooting death of a California police officer has renewed criticism of sanctuary laws, with a local sheriff suggesting that the state’s efforts to protect undocumented immigrants could have contributed to the killing.
Gustavo Perez Arriaga, a 32-year-old undocumented immigrant, was charged with homicide in connection with the shooting death of 33-year-old Newman police officer Ronil Singh, according to law enforcement.
(The suspect accused of killing a California police officer the day after Christmas was arrested, along with his brother and co-worker, the Stanislaus County Sheriff announced on Friday, while he also ripped apart California’s sanctuary laws. Courtesy of Fox 10 Phoenix and YouTube. Posted on Dec 28, 2018.)
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson assailed sanctuary laws that limit state and local governments’ cooperation with federal immigration agents, but he did not detail how those rules applied to Perez’s case or how they would have prevented Singh’s death.
He said Perez Arriaga publicized his gang affiliation and had been arrested twice for driving under the influence, but did not provide additional details about those arrests.
“Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,” Christianson said.
(A public vigil for fallen police officer Ronil Singh took place on December 28 in Newman, California. Courtesy of Global News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 28, 2018.)
“I’m suggesting that the outcome could have been different if law enforcement wasn’t restricted, prohibited or had their hands tied because of political interference.”
California’s sanctuary laws contain exemptions for serious criminals, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement should receive notification of any arrest, as well as fingerprints if an individual is booked and fingerprinted.
Without more details, it is unclear how sanctuary rules would have applied in Perez Arriaga’s case.
(Tom Homan, former acting director of ICE, reacts to the murder of a Newman, California police officer by a suspect who is in the U.S. illegally. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 28, 2018.)
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Newman Police Officer Ronil Singh, both blood and blue. Thank you for your bravery in serving the citizens of California with pride and distinction. You will not be forgotten.
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