Trump Cites Indian-Origin Cop’s Murder by Illegal Migrant to Push for Border Wall

Date:2019-01-05 16:58:49

Published By:Jayesh

Washington: US President Donald Trump has cited the killing of an Indian-origin policeman allegedly by an illegal migrant to renew push for a wall on the Mexico border in the middle of a crippling government shutdown.Addressing a press conference on Friday, Trump referred to the killing of California police officer Ronil ‘Ron’ Singh and said the US needs a "secure its border" to keep "Americans safe" and check illegal immigration.


“America lets in over a million people every single year. By far, the most generous nation in the world. And yet, we have laws that need to be followed to keep Americans safe and to protect the integrity of a system where, right now, there are millions of people who are waiting in line to come to America to seek the American dream, like Officer Singh did,” he said.

“That dream was taken. It was taken because we don't have a secure border. We can't let this continue,” he said.

Trump spoke to the wife and colleagues of the police officer on Thursday. Singh was killed at a traffic stop on December 26 allegedly by an illegal immigrant named Gustavo Perez Arriaga.

“A wonderful, young police officer. I spoke to his wife yesterday… was shot, viciously shot, for simply stopping a person that came over the border illegally. Got shot. Killed. We don't want that happening,” he said. The president has shut down the government, demanding $5 billion for his border wall with Mexico but Democrats have refused to meet the demand. 

The impasse has left more than 800,000 federal workers furloughed or working without pay since December 22.On Friday, Trump also rued that talented foreign students are leaving the United States after studying in the country's best educational institutions, adding that he wants people with merit to stay in America and help the growth of companies here.Trump said the US is "losing out on great minds" as the country has a "ridiculous" immigration policy.

He reiterated his wish to end loopholes in the legal immigration system so as to attract more people based on merit. Trump said his administration wants people to come into the country legally and on merit.

“We have all these companies coming in. We need great people. But we want them to come in on a merit basis, and they have to come in on a merit basis. They can't come in the way they've been coming in for years,” Trump told reporters during a news conference here.

"I get calls from the great tech companies, and they're saying we don't allow people at the top of their class, at the best schools in the country, we don't allow them to stay in our country,” he said. 

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