The brother of a police officer who was fatally shot after stopping an illegal immigrant suspected of drunken driving called for stricter immigration laws Wednesday.

Reggie Singh, brother of slain Cpl. Ronil Singh, said on The Story that illegal immigrants who commit previous crimes shouldn't be given second chances.

Cpl. Singh, a member of the Newman Police Department, was fatally shot after he stopped Gustavo Perez Arriaga on suspicion of driving under the influence the day after Christmas.

President Trump alluded to Singh's death during his prime-time address to the nation on Tuesday night, during which he described the situation at the southern border as a "humanitarian crisis.

"It felt good that something's being done," Singh said Wednesday. "President Trump is addressing the issue, and I just hope that it will be taken care of."


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Singh said that all his brother wanted was justice, and that when Arriaga -- a member of a violent street gang -- was apprehended by law enforcement, "it felt good."

"The day I found out that the suspect was an illegal immigrant and had prior DUIs ... why we did not [sic] react the first time he had a DUI if he is an illegal immigrant?" he said. "Illegal immigrants, we shouldn't be giving a second chance to them.

According to officials, Arriaga was arrested on Dec. 28 as he was preparing to flee the country to Mexico.

Singh also said Wednesday that his brother's K-9, Sam, isn't dealing with the loss of his trainer well, and that he sleeps on Cpl. Singh's bed at night.

"Sam feels like he needs to step up and protect the family now," he said, adding that each morning after his brother's death begins with crying among his family.

Watch the exclusive interview on The Story above.


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