Sheriff Adam Christianson of Stanislaus County in California said last week that California's "sanctuary" law is to blame for the death deputy Ronil Singh, who was tragically gunned down last Wednesday by an illegal immigrant.
Now, the lawmaker behind the law that Christianson said made Singh's murder possible is speaking out.
What did he say?
According to political commentator Cameron Gray, California's Democratic lawmakers were quick to condemn the deaths of two migrant children this month, but stayed mostly quiet about Singh's murder, which made national headlines.
However, one of the few Democrats to mention Singh's murder was President pro tempore of the California State Senate Kevin de León (D), who challenged Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for her U.S. Senate seat earlier this year.
In a tweet, León gave his condolences to Singh's family.
"Deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department. Our hearts are heavy during this holiday season. You truly lived the American Dream," he said.
Deepest condolences to the family of Cpl. Ronil Singh of the Newman Police Department. Our hearts are heavy during this holiday season. You truly lived the American Dream. pic.twitter.com/C3pH4w6Pll
— Kevin de Leόn (@kdeleon) December 27, 2018
Why is this significant?
Ironically, León is the lawmaker who introduced SB 54, the legislation that later became known as California's "sanctuary state" bill. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the bill into law last October.
Essentially, SB 54 works identically to other "sanctuary city" laws, which prohibit local law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Critics of the legislation say such laws provide a safe haven for illegal immigrants, some of whom are proven criminals with dangerous and violent histories. "Sanctuary" laws allow such criminals to continue their life of crime in the U.S. without fear of being apprehended by immigration authorities.