(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump used his speech at the 38th annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service to honor slain Newman, Calif., police officer Cpl. Ronil Singh, who was killed by an illegal alien last year, saying Singh “devoted his life to defending the laws of our country.”
“Ronil came to this country legally in 2003 with the dream of earning the badge of an American police officer. That was always his dream, and that’s exactly what Ronil did. He devoted his life to defending the laws of our country,” Trump said.
Singh was allegedly gunned down by an illegal immigrant - Gustavo Perez Arriaga - during a routine traffic stop the day after Christmas in 2018.
“On Christmas night, he took a picture in front of the family Christmas tree with his beautiful wife, their beloved son, and Sam, their loyal police dog. It’s a picture that all of us saw. I remember it so vividly. I’ll never forget it. I didn’t know I’d get to know the family and greet the family and show the family the Lincoln bedroom at the White House. I didn’t know that, but it’s an extraordinary family, but I’ll never forget the picture,” the president said.
“Then Corporal Singh headed out on duty, which he loved, to protect and to serve. You all know the story, because hours later, he was gunned down and killed during a simple traffic stop,” Trump said, adding that Singh was gunned down by Arriaga, “a vicious killer.”
“He was a vicious killer - this man that crossed into our country from the border just a little while before - a vicious killer, that could have been kept out with border security, with the wall, with whatever the hell it takes, could have been kept out,” the president said.
Trump invited the Singh family to join him on stage. Ronil’s brother, Reggie Singh, praised the president for reaching out to the family in their time of need.
“I am the brother of Corporal Ronil Singh. I’d like to thank every single law enforcement officer over here. What you guys go through, I heard stories from my brother. This man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he’s doing for the law enforcement, we support him. His team at the White House has reached out to us multiple times, multiple times. I don’t think that has ever happened before, ever. This man is amazing, and my family supports him,” Reggie Singh said.
Ronil Singh’s wife, Anamika, also thanked Trump, saying, “You’re the only one that actually reached out and gave your condolence to the family, and it actually means a lot to our law enforcement families that are here for the sacrifice - my husband and his brothers in blue and sisters in blue have given, so I want to thank you. Every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones.”
Trump promised there would be justice for the fallen men and women of law enforcement. He said no more American lives should be lost because Congress failed to secure the border.
“Tremendous problems of course at the southern border - from drugs to the wrong people being allowed to come in because of a corrupt, broken system that can be changed in 20 minutes - 20 minutes if they want to change it. In the meantime, we have to do it the tough way, and there’s no reason for that,” he said.
“That’s why we are calling on Congress to fix our terrible immigration laws, stop catch and release. You catch them, and you release them,” Trump also called on Congress to “end deadly sanctuary cities” and the visa lottery program.
Trump said that his administration “strongly” condemns “anti-police rhetoric.” He also called on those who “file false police reports” to “‘face full legal consequences.”