Americans Have Woken Up: 'Angel Mom' Excoriates Schumer, Pelosi After CA Officer's Death


The mother of a police officer killed by an illegal immigrant drunk driver in 2014 is speaking out after the murder of Newman, California, Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, telling Fox News that Democrat leaders in Congress are “committing treasonous acts” by refusing to approve money for border security measures like President Donald Trump’s proposed wall.

Singh was shot and killed Wednesday, allegedly by an illegal immigrant with multiple DUIs and suspected gang ties, according to Fox News. Reports say that Singh was investigating the suspect, Gustavo Perez Arriaga, for another possible DUI. Police say the confrontation ended in a shootout that claimed the officer’s life.

Two others were taken into custody for trying to mislead investigators in order to protect Arriaga, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said, according to Fox.

On “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Saturday, Mary Ann Mendoza, the mother of a police officer killed four years ago by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record, said Democrats are putting the rights of illegal immigrants over the safety of American citizens.

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“Every politician in D.C. should be listening closely to the American people right now because we have woken up,” she told “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “We are tired of the lies that come out of their mouth.”

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Mendoza said that her “heart is just ripping apart” for the family that Singh leaves behind.

“Angel families are praying for them. We know exactly the struggle they’re dealing with today,” she said.

She also suggested an unusual strategy for dealing with the Democrats obstructing border security: “Maybe the American people are gonna start bringing suits against them for the crimes they’re committing against Americans by not protecting us.”

Singh’s murder would be a politically charged case in any environment, but the killing comes amid a government shutdown in which the linchpin seems to be funding for the border wall.

The two sides remain fairly far apart. The Trump administration continues to insist on $5 billion in funding for the barrier; a recent counteroffer from the Democrats involved $1.3 billion in border security funding that wouldn’t be used for the wall. Democrat leadership — Schumer in particular — has made it clear that the wall is finished as far as they’re concerned. Congress isn’t back in session until the beginning of January, but one gets the feeling the impasse (and the partial shutdown) will last considerably longer than that.

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Mendoza, meanwhile, has been a relatively constant presence in the media whenever subjects of illegal immigration come up. She has become a de facto spokeswoman for “Angel Families” — families who have lost a relative to violence or crime perpetrated by someone in this country illegally.

Mendoza’s son, Mesa, Arizona, police Officer Brandon Mendoza, was killed in May 2015 killed by Raul Silva Corona — who had a 0.238 blood alcohol level when he struck Mendoza’s vehicle, according to KTAR. Mendoza quickly became an unlikely champion of immigration enforcement — including earning herself an invite to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“Unfortunately, we are members of a club of our children or loved ones who have been killed by illegal aliens. There are hundreds of thousands of victims every year who are affected by illegal alien crime — rape, assault, identity theft. These are things that go unreported, unchecked,” Mendoza said at a White House event in June.

Mendoza has also been critical of the controversy over separating families illegally crossing the southern border, saying that “I would like to show everybody what real separation of families is. This is what separates my son and myself, is a coffin and six feet of dirt.”

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Morristown, New Jersey
Catholic University of America
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture