Thirty-three-year-old Ronil Singh was a U.S. immigration success story.

Singh’s family came to the United States, legally, from Fiji when he was a teenager. Singh not only set his mind to becoming a productive American, but also to serving his community via a career in law enforcement.

Singh, who called California home, began his career by volunteering in the Modesto Police Department in 2005, according to the Los Angeles Times. He later served as a cadet for another law-enforcement agency and as a reserve deputy for the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.

He eventually took a job with the Newman Police Department, where he had worked since 2011. Singh was married with a 5-month-old son. He was living the American dream, right up until Dec. 26.

Early that day, Singh was shot and killed after stopping a motorist who he suspected was driving while intoxicated. The motorist, and the suspect in Singh’s killing, was Gustavo Perez Arriaga. Police, according to the Times, say the 32-year-old is an illegal immigrant with known gang ties who twice has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. In short, if Arriaga was your neighbor, you’d probably want a wall between your property and his, even if your name was Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer.

Of course, Singh might still be alive and well and patrolling the streets of Newman today had Arriaga, upon his earlier run-ins with law enforcement, not been protected from federal authorities by sanctuary laws in America’s most liberal state.

"This is a criminal illegal alien with prior criminal activity that should have been reported to ICE," Stanislaus County Sheriff Christianson told the Times. "Law enforcement was prohibited because of sanctuary laws, and that led to the encounter with Officer Singh.”

Singh paid the ultimate price for this nation’s continuing illegal immigration crisis, a crisis powered in part by a Democratic Party that sees courting illegals as a path to increasing its voter base, regardless of security or economic concerns.

According to the Pew Research Center, there were 10.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. in 2016, and while Pew notes that number was the smallest since 2004, it’s still a staggering total.

A February 2018 report by Forbes said Americans pay $18.5 million a year to subsidize health care for illegal immigrants, with $11.2 million of that total coming from federal tax dollars.

The Center for Immigration Studies calculates that, on average, an illegal immigrant will create a net fiscal cost (taxes paid minus services used) of nearly $70,000 during his/her lifetime because they often have low education levels, earn salaries commensurate with those levels and use more in public services than they pay in taxes. That figure translates to a $69.6 billion per million illegal immigrants.

All those numbers, pale, however, to the cost paid by Singh and other victims of illegal immigrant crime. Their ranks include 16-year-old Tessa Tranchant, killed by an illegal immigrant driving drunk in March 2007 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her killer had prior convictions but was protected from deportation by Virginia Beach sanctuary policies.

Grant Ronnebeck, a convenience store employee in Mesa, Arizona, was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant over a pack of cigarettes in January 2015. Sarah Root, a 21-year-old from Omaha, Nebraska, was killed in January 2016 when her vehicle was hit by an illegal immigrant who was street racing. Omaha is in a part of Nebraska that has sanctuary policies, and you’ll be comforted to know Root’s alleged killer made bail and is on the run.

Liberals are quick to cite stats that show illegal immigrants are less likely to be incarcerated for crimes in the United States than native-born Americans, but the problem is that any level of illegal immigrant crime is too much.

“The illegal immigrant crime rate in this country should be zero,” former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said. “Every crime committed by an illegal alien is, by definition, a crime that should have been prevented.”

Ronil Singh’s son will never know his father. My hope is that one day, he gets to ask someone in the Democratic Party why protecting the likes of Gustavo Perez Arriaga and other illegal immigrants was more important to the American political left than protecting his father and other law-abiding Americans. Maybe Speaker Pelosi can explain to him why walls are immoral, but the sanctuary laws that shielded his father’s killer aren’t.

Ronil Singh loved this country. He deserved better from it.

Lew Gilliland is assistant editor of The Daily Home. Reach him at