US border security claim hits wall of reality

A police officer speaking last Saturday at the funeral service of Corporal Ronil Singh, who was shot dead after stopping a suspected drunk driver, a man from Mexico linked to gangs.
A police officer speaking last Saturday at the funeral service of Corporal Ronil Singh, who was shot dead after stopping a suspected drunk driver, a man from Mexico linked to gangs.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Data shows illegal immigrants' crime rate not exceptionally high, contrary to White House view

Amid the skirl of a single bagpipe in a cold thin drizzle in Modesto, California, last Saturday, the body of 33-year-old police officer Ronil Singh was cremated after a sombre memorial service.

The day after Christmas, Corporal Singh was shot dead after stopping a suspected drunk driver, a man from Mexico involved in gangs. The man was an illegal immigrant who had been living in the United States after crossing the border through the Arizona desert.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 08, 2019, with the headline 'US border security claim hits wall of reality'. Print Edition | Subscribe