A police officer in California was gunned down and killed in the early hours of Wednesday during a routine traffic stop for a suspected DUI that turned into a deadly shootout and resulted in a two-day manhunt for the suspected cop killer.
As the manhunt was ongoing and details of the slain officer and alleged killer were made public, it was revealed that the officer — Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh — was a legal immigrant from the Pacific island nation of Fiji while the suspected murderer was of the illegal variety of migrant.
Fox News host Lisa Bloom, filling in for regular host Laura Ingraham on Thursday’s “The Ingraham Angle,” covered the developing story and played a clip of Singh’s boss — Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson — tearfully speaking of his fallen officer during a press conference.
“You have to understand this wasn’t supposed to happen here,” said Richardson. “I’ve been to too many of these funerals, and I never thought, ever, that I would have to be doing this. I do not want to be here today. I would give anything not to. I did not know Christmas morning — at four o’clock in the morning when I said goodbye to him and sent him off to his family — that it would be the last time that I saw him.”
Bloom was joined by Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson — whose agency took the lead on the murder investigation and manhunt — to discuss the tragedy, and he had nothing but high praise for the slain officer.
Speaking of the legacy left behind by Cpl. Singh, Christianson said, “Officer Singh is the shining example of what immigration in America should be.”
“This is a young man who immigrated here legally. It was his dream to come to America. It was his dream to be a police officer — and he worked hard to achieve that goal,” the sheriff continued. “And unfortunately, he sacrificed his life trying to defend and protect his community.”
The Sheriff noted that the town of Newman was quite small — “almost like Mayberry” — and that this incident was the first “line-of-duty death” for the tiny department. Sadly, Officer Singh left behind a wife and young child who he was absolutely “devoted” to loving and taking care of.
Asked about his dedication to becoming a police officer — which included a two-hour daily commute to the police academy while learning to speak English better — Christianson explained that he had first served as a cadet and reserve officer with other departments and worked his way through the academy on his own.
He said, “He pursued his dream and to get through the academy he was willing to make that commute every day to complete that training program, making him eligible to be a peace officer in the state of California.”
“And yes, he knew that he was difficult to understand because of his accent, but again, he threw everything into language classes — English is not his first language — and even I remember what he sounded like on the radio,” the sheriff continued. “And we all kind of chuckled about that accent and how hard he worked to ensure that his language got better, his English skills got better, because again, he wanted so badly to be a police officer and he worked diligently to achieve his goal.”
Following some discussion of the status of the manhunt at that point, the conversation shifted to the distinction between legal and illegal immigration, which quite possibly couldn’t be made more clear by the circumstances of this horrible case.
Christianson said, “I want everyone to know that immigration is good for America — if done legally. Illegal immigration doesn’t serve our communities, especially criminals who victimize and exploit our communities.”
“Whether you hate the president or love the president, border security goes hand-in-hand with national security, the safety of our communities and public safety,” he continued. “We need to know who is in our communities that shouldn’t be. We should be focusing on criminal activity without political interference.”
“And there is only one entity that can fix immigration — even though there are laws on the books and we should stand on the rule of law, and we should be enforcing those laws — Congress is the only entity that can fix this problem,” the sheriff said.
“And until they decide to depolarize themselves and focus on what’s in the best interest of the people, you can’t establish a system of immigration that lacks bureaucracy — hopefully — and allows people a path to become good citizens and contribute to what makes America great.”
“Officer Singh, he is the absolute poster child for why immigration works if done legally and properly,” he added.
The death of a legal immigrant who worked hard to become a police officer and dedicated his life to protecting and serving his community had his life taken by an illegal immigrant criminal gang member.
If that dichotomy doesn’t sum up the vast difference between legal and illegal immigration in one tragic case, nothing else ever will.
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