As part of his trip to the southern border, President Donald Trump met with Reggie Singh, the brother of slain cop Ronil Singh.
Corporal Singh was killed in the line of duty December 26. His alleged killer was in the United States illegally, adding another layer to the national discussion about border security and illegal immigration.
As IJR previously reported, Trump has been in contact with both Ronil’s widow and Reggie. During his national broadcast on the border crisis, Trump mentioned Ronil’s heartbreaking death as part of his justification for increased border security. Reggie noted that it “felt good” to know that the White House cared about his brother’s death.
Reggie traveled from California to McAllen, Texas to meet with President Trump at the southern border Thursday afternoon.
Singh gave an emotional speech, detailing his story of legal immigration and calling for more protections so that no family has to experience a similar loss.
Brother of slain CA police officer Ronil Singh speaks during Pres. Trump's border visit. "What my family is going through right now—I do not want any other family, law enforcement person to go through that."
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 10, 2019
“Ronil Singh was originally from the Fiji islands. He always wanted to be in law enforcement. So, legally, we migrated to America to fulfill his dream to join the law enforcement. English is our second language. He worked on that, got his education, and applied for law enforcement agencies. He was asked to get his citizenship. He worked towards that and he became a cop. […] The way he was killed, what my family is going through right now, I do not want any other family, law enforcement person to go through that.”
Singh detailed his family’s support for Trump’s efforts to curb illegal immigration.
“Whatever it takes to minimize, to put a stop to it, my family fully supports it,” said Singh.
Singh detailed the horror of having a loved one die at such a young age, saying:
“At 33 years old, Ronil Singh was cremated and I had to pick up his remains. It breaks my heart. No one should ever, ever go through that. Looking at that five-month-old baby [Ronil’s son] looking for his dad. No one should ever have to go through that.”
After Singh’s speech, Trump hugged him and told him, “We’re with you. You know that, right?”
Singh’s speech wasn’t the only emotional moment from the president’s trip to the border. He also met with Marie Vega. Vega’s son was a border patrol agent and U.S. Marine who was killed by an illegal immigrant.
Pres hugs Marie Vega, who recounted how her son, a former US Marine and Border Patrol Agent, was killed at a family outing by "a criminal illegal alien." "No family should suffer the loss of a child," she said. We need the wall," she told the president. pic.twitter.com/VaoZc2w8ok
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 10, 2019
Trump also echoed his continued support for the law enforcement agents that work at the border, including those from Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
At meeting on border security in McAllen, Texas, Pres. Trump praises CBP agents as "heroes."
— ABC News (@ABC) January 10, 2019
“You take some much abuse from people who don’t know what they’re talking about,” said Trump. “I just want to say you have a friend with this administration and you have a friend with me. Nobody does a better job.”