Sheriff Rages Against Sanctuary Laws, Cop Killer’s Accomplices Cannot Be Reported To ICE

By Carmine Sabia at The Federalist Papers 

The California sanctuary state laws are still protecting the accomplices of a cop killer.

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters that Cpl. Ronil Singh could still be alive now if it were not for the state’s laws prohibiting cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE,” the sheriff said.

“Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh,” he said.

“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,” he told reporters, The San Diego Union Tribune reported.

The sheriff said that Singh pulled over illegal immigrant Gustavo Perez Arriaga, 32, for driving intoxicated when the confrontation occurred.

“It was a gunfight,” he said.

“Cpl. Singh absolutely tried to defend himself and stop this credible threat,” Christianson said.

“Why are we providing sanctuary for criminals, gang members,” he asked.

“It’s a conversation we need to have,” the sheriff said.

Some of Arriaga’s illegal alien family members were arrested as accomplices in the case.

Bernabe Madrigal Castaneda, 59, Erasmo Villegas, 36, and Maria Luisa Moreno, 57, were arrested on suspicion of aiding and abetting, authorities said. The three were in the home where Arriaga was arrested.

Authorities have probable cause to believe Arriaga was under the influence of alcohol when Singh stopped him early Wednesday in Newman, Christianson said. The motive in the shooting is not clear.

Arriaga’s previous brushes with the law and his subsequent release by law enforcement prompted angry comments from the sheriff about Senate Bill 54, the state’s so-called sanctuary law, which provides expanded protection for immigrants who have entered the country illegally. The law, which took effect in January, prohibits state and local police agencies from notifying federal officials in many cases when immigrants potentially subject to deportation are about to be released from custody.

And yet the accomplices cannot be reported to ICE.

“They’re primarily family members and associates, all of whom were actively engaged in aiding and abetting this criminal fugitive,” the sheriff told Fox host, and former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. “They did their best to throw us off the trail, but we’re smarter than that, and they went to jail.”

“Are they here illegally as well,” Chaffetz asked the sheriff.

“Yes,” the sheriff said.

“Can ICE even be told that these others are now in custody?” Chaffetz asked.

“No, based on their charges and their criminal histories … at this point I can’t honor the detainers,” he said.


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