Just before the New Year, a terrible incident occurred in a rural part of California not too far from San Francisco. An illegal immigrant from Mexico shot and killed a police officer during a traffic stop in the city of Newman, California. The good news is the suspect was soon caught and he and his accomplices are now in custody.
The bad news is 33-year-old Ronil Singh, a legal immigrant to this country from Fiji with a wife and five-month old son, is gone forever.
But adding insult to injury is the fact that about half of America’s news audience hasn’t heard about the story, and certainly doesn’t know Officer Singh’s name. And the reason they don’t know about is because Democrats and the overwhelming majority of the American news media don’t want them to.
Even though Singh was a member of the California law enforcement community, neither Senator Kamala Harris nor Senator Dianne Feinstein from California has publicly uttered his name or discussed the shooting. That’s even though both Harris and Feinstein have made multiple public statements and tweets about the two illegal immigrant children who have recently died in the custody of U.S. border agents and medical staff who tried desperately to save them.
One could argue this makes it look like Harris and Feinstein care more for non-Americans than their own constituents.
Harris and Feinstein have plenty of company. No prominent Democrat from California or anywhere else in America is talking about the story at all. The silence is so uniform in the party that it appears an effective gag order has been issued on all elected Democrats in the hopes this story will simply go away.
It’s become so bad that a “say his name!” campaign on Singh’s behalf has begun in hopes of getting leading Democrats to at least acknowledge this story.
But the Democrats now feel that any mention of a story about crimes committed by illegal immigrants will hurt them in their battle against President Donald Trump’s push for $5.6 billion in additional border wall funding.
The problem extends to non-politicians too. If you’re decent and bold enough to talk about Officer Singh or post his story on social media, be ready to be accused of calling ALL immigrants killers or of trying to be a shill for President Trump. I know that because it’s happened to me, and it’s just another part of a concerted effort to intimidate anyone who wants to point out that open borders often lead to violent crime. Officer Singh and his family be damned; the Democrats have a petty political battle to win.
Of course, this is just the latest example of how politics dehumanizes those who make their careers out of it. And similar to the famous saying about power, politics corrupts and extreme politics corrupts absolutely. Republicans commit the same crime quite often themselves, but they’re usually unsuccessful at story suppression.
Not every victim of crime, poverty, or disease can get a mention from our elected leaders. That’s sad in and of itself, but certainly understandable. The outrage here is that at least half of the political establishment and most of the news media is actively trying not to mention the name of a victim and tell his story because it conflicts with their political agenda.
Well, I’m not bound by any such agenda. So I will remind everyone that Ronil Singh came from Fiji with one dream: to pursue a career in public service. He was well-loved by his fellow cops. And his death, according a sheriff in California, was at least indirectly caused by the sanctuary state laws that made it possible for his alleged killer to avoid deportation for past arrests.
Of course this doesn’t mean all immigrants are bad. Singh was an immigrant too. Of course this doesn’t mean all illegal immigrants or even most of them are violent criminals. People accusing folks who bring up this story of insinuating those things are trying to argue dishonestly and there’s a lot of that going around.
Here’s another fact: the U.S. needs additional physical barriers at the border with Mexico, period. The more barriers, the fewer people will try to cross the border illegally. Voters can decide for themselves whether they think $5.6 billion is too much to pay for those barriers. However, if they make that decision based solely on their dislike or admiration for President Trump, it’s pathetic.
But not as pathetic as using suppression or intimidation tactics to skew the debate on an important issue. And here’s a prediction: the more the Democrats and opponents of a border wall try to suppress stories like the murder of Ronil Singh, the more they will ultimately fail to sway the public in general … and they’ll deserve it.
Jake Novak has been a TV news producer and editorial columnist for more than 25 years, with expertise in political, economic, religious, and cultural issues. He has produced shows at CNBC, CNN, FOX, and several local stations across the country. Novak is a graduate of theYeshivah of Flatbush, has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University, and a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter@jakejakeny and read his columns on 5TJT.com.