UPDATED 10:11 AM PT — Monday, January 7, 2019
Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown said the state’s controversial sanctuary law was not linked to the death of police officer, who was recently killed by an illegal immigrant.
Over the weekend, Governor Brown claimed the officer’s murder had nothing to do with the 2017 legislation despite some local law enforcement suggesting otherwise. The Democrat said he thinks people are looking for something to blame.
This comes after authorities charged Mexican national Gustavo Perez Arriaga in connection to the murder of Newman Police Corporal Ronil Singh.
“This tragedy is terrible, but in this case the individual had been arrested and actually convicted twice of driving under the influence and there was a warrant out for his arrest, and no one picked him up, and he was arrested and brought into jail before the sanctuary law was even enacted, so ICE, the immigration people, could have gone out and got it gotten him,” said Brown.
President Trump has been a vocal supporter of withholding funding from California, and said their sanctuary laws have only led to harboring criminal illegal aliens.