In the wake of the murder of a California police officer by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop on the day after Christmas, Fox News host Sean Hannity invited onto his Wednesday program as guests the two top law enforcement officers involved in the case, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson and Newman Police Chief Randy Richardson.
Hannity wanted to speak with those officers about the arrest of a known gang member and illegal immigrant named Gustavo Perez Arriaga, who has been charged with the murder of legal immigrant and Newman Police Cpl. Ronil Singh, who left behind a young wife and child.
“Political interference” in law enforcement
Noting that the alleged killer had a prior criminal history and had been in custody before the murder, Hannity asked the sheriff if California’s “sanctuary” law for illegal immigrants had prevented the deportation of Arriaga.
Christianson replied: “Well, I would hope so…and that is why we are trying to spirit a positive dialogue and find resolution to the issue of unlawful illegal immigration.”
He added that if everyone would momentarily “set aside” the partisan politics and “political interference” of sanctuary policies, as well as the biased media coverage of the situation, and asked: “Why are we allowing criminal illegal aliens into this country, and why is there any political interference in the first place in our ability to protect our communities and have a communication, or at least work with, ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement]?”
Hannity went on to ask if the government was “aiding and abetting” criminal illegal aliens by virtue of the sanctuary policy and had any “culpability” in the crimes committed.
While Chief Richardson passed on directly answering those questions, Christianson said, “I believe they do, Sean, and remember: government’s number one priority is to protect its citizens. That includes border security, knowing who is here and knowing who needs to be removed.”
Richardson then chimed in: “It’s tragic that we actually have to stand here today and have this conversation. I’m well aware that this is a very political situation — you couldn’t script it any more political, you have a legal immigrant and illegal immigrant we are talking about.
“But I want everyone to remember the family, what this man came here to do, he wanted to be a police officer, and it’s time we started talking about and had a discussion about making communities talk to each other and getting back to where we were years ago, where we weren’t fighting amongst each other all the time,” Richardson added.
“All we’ve got to do is enforce the law,” he said. “Enforce the law and lives will be saved. This can’t happen anymore.”
These two law enforcement leaders know first-hand the impact California’s misguided “sanctuary” policy has on their ability to do their jobs.
Hannity is right that stuff like “this can’t happen anymore.” Hopefully, other California law enforcement officials will speak up and lead the charge against the foolish sanctuary laws that fail to keep Americans safe.