Corporal Ronil Singh, an immigrant from Fiji, was shot on the day after Christmas allegedly by an under-the-influence Gustavo Perez Arriaga. Singh stopped Arriaga for a missing license plate, reports Deroy Murdock in NRO.
This small-town case has national repercussions. This tale of two immigrants finds Singh and Arriaga as the apotheoses of how Republicans and Democrats respectively see immigration.
A Model Immigrant
Singh, 33, came to America from Fiji — legally. He reportedly drove a four-hour round trip to attend Yuba City’s police academy. He took speech classes to smooth his heavily accented English, his third language. He became a public servant and spent seven-and-a-half years as a cop.
Not a Model Immigrant
Arriaga, 33, came to America from Mexico — illegally, crossing the border via Arizona. Yet the notion that the United States suffers a border-security crisis seems lost on Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York and House speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.
Turning a Deaf Ear on Secretary of Homeland Security
(Schumer/Pelosi) reportedly refused even to listen to Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s classified border-security briefing in the White House Situation Room on Wednesday. Instead, they repeatedly interrupted Nielsen as she tried to detail national-security threats on the southern front.
Arriaga – 2 Previous DUIs and Belonged to the Sureño Street Gang
In September 2017, the U.S. House considered the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, which would let U.S. officials bar foreigners affiliated with criminal organizations. Republicans embraced this measure 222–1. Democrats rebuffed it 11–174.
Police who nabbed Arriaga in Bakersfield regard him not as a public servant, but as a public menace.
Ronil Singh leaves behind a wife, Anamika, and a son, five months old.
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