‘In our prison system, there is complete cooperation with immigration…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Outgoing California Gov. Jerry Brown insisted that the murder of police officer Ronil Singh by an illegal immigrant has nothing to do with the fact that California is a “sanctuary” state.
Singh, a 33-year-old Newman police corporal—and himself a legal immigrant—was allegedly killed by illegal Mexican national Gustavo Perez Arriaga after Singh stopped him for drunken driving.
When asked whether California’s sanctuary laws, which allow the state to harbor illegals by preventing federal authorities from arresting and detaining them, were at fault, Brown responded: I think people now are looking to blame somebody because of the terrible things that happened,” he told local ABC-affiliate KXTV. “But it had nothing to do with the law of California.”
Brown signed a sanctuary state bill in 2017 to limit the state’s law enforcement’s cooperation with immigration authorities—in particular, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau.
Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson, who county included Singh, has blamed the bill for the corporal’s death.
Brown called Christianson a “very good man” but said police should have done more to prevent Singh’s death, given Arriaga’s past criminal record.
“In this case, the individual had been arrested and actually convicted twice of driving under the influence and there was as warrant out for his arrest and no one picked him up, and he was arrested and brought in to jail before the sanctuary law was even enacted,” Brown said.
“ICE, the immigration people, could have gone out and gotten him. The police or the sheriff could have told the immigration service.”
Brown claimed that even with the state’s sanctuary laws, arrests and deportations are possible.
“In our prison system, there is complete cooperation with immigration,” he continued. “And besides that, the records of when a person is in jail and when they’re going to be released—that’s all public records, so if they put that on the web page, that can easily be available to immigration service.”