Outgoing Governor Says Sanctuary Status Didn't Contribute To Cpl. Singh's Murder

Gov. Jerry Brown defended sanctuary laws and blamed ICE for not apprehending Cpl. Ronil's Singh's future murderer.

Sacramento, CA – Outgoing Governor Jerry Brown defended California’s “sanctuary state law” during a recent exit interview, and argued that it had “nothing to do” with the murder of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh.

Cpl. Singh, a 33-year-old married father of an infant son, was fatally shot by an illegal alien during a traffic stop the day after Christmas.

His accused killer, a 32-year-old Surenos gang member who went by the name of Gustavo Perez Arriaga, and whose real name is actually Paulo Virgen Mendoza, had been charged with DUI on two occasions prior to Cpl. Singh’s death.

“We can’t ignore the fact that this could have been preventable,” Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said during a press conference on Dec. 28, 2018.

“Under SB 54 in California, based on two arrests for DUI and some other active warrants that this criminal has out there, law enforcement… was prohibited… from sharing any information with [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] about this criminal gang member,” Sheriff Christianson said.

The California Values Act, known as the “sanctuary state law” or Senate Bill 54, was signed into law by Brown in October 2017.

Officially implemented on Jan. 1, 2018, the law “bars law enforcement officers from arresting individuals based on civil immigration warrants, asking about a person’s immigration status, or participating in any joint task force with federal officials for the purpose of enforcing immigration laws,” The Political Insider reported.

Were it not for the law, Arriaga would have been reported to ICE, and never would have crossed paths with Cpl. Singh, Sheriff Christianson 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,” Sheriff Christianson reiterated.

During an interview with KXTV, Brown said that California’s status as a sanctuary state for illegal immigrants had “nothing to do” with Cpl. Singh’s murder, because the law had not yet been enacted when Arriaga was arrested for his DUI offenses.

Had Arriaga been convicted of the DUI offenses more recently – after the sanctuary law went into effect – then the situation would have been exactly as Sheriff Christianson described.

Brown used the fact that California wasn’t a sanctuary state when Arriaga was previously arrested to blow off allegations that SB 54 would have prevented law enforcement officers from notifying ICE about Arriaga’s illegal status in the U.S.

“I think people now are looking to blame somebody because of the terrible things that happened, but it had nothing to do with the law of California,” Brown said in the interview.

Instead, Brown blamed ICE for not taking custody of Arriaga when they had the opportunity years ago.

“No one picked him up,” the outgoing governor said.

“He was arrested and brought into jail before the sanctuary law was even enacted, so ICE, the immigration people could have gone out and gotten him. The police and the sheriff could have told the immigration service,” blaming authorities' failure to do what the sanctuary law now bars them from doing.

Brown said that information regarding when an inmate will be released is public knowledge, and that anyone – including ICE – can obtain such information.

“So, if they put that on the web page, that can easily be available to immigration service,” he said.

The real problem is that ICE isn’t working all that hard to do their jobs, Brown claimed.

“The truth – and maybe this is something that immigration doesn’t like to tell people – they’re not doing all that much,” Brown declared. “Yes, they’re arresting a lot of people that maybe they shouldn’t, but they’re letting hundreds of thousands of people go unhindered either because they’re not staffed properly, or they just aren’t up for it.”

Despite California’s sanctuary status, there are still opportunities for ICE to work with law enforcement “if they take the effort” to do so, Brown added.

Brown was replaced by Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday, the Washington Examiner reported.

Comments (42)
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ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Will things improve with Newsom at the helm? Or will the state continue to drown in its own morass caused by liberals?

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I hope Brown never needs police assistance.

Dmoe63
Dmoe63

Of course not Trump did it.

Farawayone
Farawayone

It's aways someone else's fault "governor Brown your full of shit"

AndyD1134
AndyD1134

THIS SICK SON OF A BITCH HAS LOST HIS MIND, AND CAN IN NO WAY HAVE ANY COMMON SENSE. He sounds EXACTLY like Chuck and Nancy! It has to be purposely! Are all 3 preparing for the future and start a series of the most wacked out ideas, so they can start showing a pattern of insanity, so they can claim that in court, when we all find out about all the laws they are actually breaking behind the scenes. Please tell me that no one can truly be so fucked up in the head It cant end well for people like those 3.

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Typical Whackafornia jerry brown is a piece of shit

justiceforLeos
justiceforLeos

Well Jerry Brown, you can tell yourself whatever helps you sleep better at night, but that still leaves a young widow to raise a small child all by herself thanks to your sanctuary city. You signed the law into effect that got this man killed. You are as resposible as the trash that pulled the trigger. ICE and LEOs are doing their job as best they can with you tying their hands behind their back. Sanctuary cities are a slap in the face to Americans and anyone harboring fugitives,such as you, should go to prison. Man up. Put your big girl panties on and admit you're a Pelosi, schumer wannabe.

LetGodSortItOut
LetGodSortItOut

Is this true? That the law had not been enacted yet? Jerry Brown is still a POS either way.

BruthaV
BruthaV
 Liberalism truly is a mental disorder.  
Sailor
Sailor

Jerry Brown is a disgrace. Hopefully his many failures and refusal to enforce the laws of our land will be revisited upon him each and every day as he lives his miserable life.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It would be ironic if Brown was removed from this planet by a drunk driving illegal immigrant. Thoughts and prayers...

K9ndn
K9ndn

Huh. So JERRY you won’t have your security detail now so your on your own now. Hope you don’t get robbed or your family members sexually assaulted by these savages. Gov Moonbeam your not in your safety space now.

JBo
JBo

"California Values Act"...now that's a hoot!

MrsS
MrsS

"“He was arrested and brought into jail before the sanctuary law was even enacted, so ICE, the immigration people could have gone out and gotten him. The police and the sheriff could have told the immigration service,” blaming authorities' failure to do what the santuary law now bars them from doing." BUT THEY DIDN'T, DID THEY MOONBEAM?

MrsS
MrsS

There actually were a few laws over several years, which progressively tied the hands of California law enforcement officials. This, from 2013, even allowed Illegal aliens to practice law

OakwoodLT5
OakwoodLT5

Typical politician differing blame

usac95
usac95

Jerry brown and all ca politicians that supports Sanctuary cities have Blood on their hands

Rayb
Rayb

He will never accept the blame! It’s your fault Jerry Brown!!! You A-Hole loser...

magnumforc
magnumforc

And allowed to vote in school elections in San Francisco as well. Screwed up state.

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Bastard!! If Singh's murderer was here, he wouldn't have been killed! Brown's a fool-idiot!

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

THESE SANCTUARY CITIES SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS ACCESSARYS TO ANY CRIME THAT HAPPENS IN THEIR STATE AND AROUND THE OTHER STATES, BECAUSE THEY ARE PROTECTING THIS ILLEGALS AND CRIMINALS AND SHOULD HAVE ALL FEDERALAID STOPPED TO THESE CITIES THAT HIDE THE CRIMINALS.

Riversidepdltretired
Riversidepdltretired

They didn’t call him “Gov. Moonbeam,” for nothing.

Cecbpafs
Cecbpafs

Old Moonbeam's opinion stinks.

HD6901
HD6901

Glad this douchbag is leaving, maybe the next one wont have their heads completely buried!

Hannibal
Hannibal

If they guy had never been here the murder would never have happened. How is that hard to comprehend for lefty libtard mother fuckers?

checksix
checksix

Hmm, I may be wrong, but wasn't there an ICE detainer for Kate Steinle's killer. And a San Francisco jury found him guilty of only possessing a gun. I live in Commiefornia, and it just plain sucks.