In the wake of the government shutdown that happened because of a battle over immigration policy, President Trump intends to invite the mother of a victim who was beaten to death by an illegal immigrant to this year’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, reports The Washington Times.
The mother of a 16-year-old Long Island girl who was beaten to death by alleged MS-13 gang members, has been invited to sit in the crowd with all the other lawmakers on the hill during President Trump’s State of the Union speech, in order to put a face to the countless of victims who have faced a violent crime at the hand of illegal immigrants.
Evelyn Rodriguez has been invited to meet with the Republican president before Tuesday’s speech, but now her story is needed again to put a face on the cost of illegal immigration in the U.S.
Her daughter, Kayla Cuevas, and her 15-year-old friend were killed in a Long Island neighborhood that has become the epicenter in the fight against MS-13 violence. The gang is blamed for 25 killings on Long Island since January 2016.
Rodriguez is reportedly going to meet Trump at the White House earlier on Tuesday before the speech.
Kayla Cuevas and her friends are the very real stories and facts that most Democrats don’t want to face when it comes to illegal immigration. Safety for children like Kayla are why Trump has fought so long and so ardently for harsher border security and for the wall in general.
Trump has vowed to “destroy” MS-13, which has seen their ranks swell to over 10,000 members across the country, reports The Daily Caller. Violent incidents involving the gang have skyrocketed over the last two years and Donald Trump has even invited Jamiel Shaw Sr. whose child was also killed by an immigrant, to a speech before a joint session of Congress in January 2017.
Along with Rodriguez, Trump has invited a number of regular working class Americans including Corey Adams who is a skilled welder for Staub Manufacturing Solutions in Dayton, Ohio and has been able to become first-time homeowners thanks to the recent GOP tax reform.
Other special guests include a number of people who have served in the U.S. armed forces like Staff Sergeant Justin Peck who served on a multi-day mission in Raqqa, Syria clearing IEDs from territories previously controlled by ISIS.
You can read who the other special guests will be here:
White House announces the following individuals will be their special guests, seated with the First Lady, at the President’s first State of the Union address: pic.twitter.com/8AKUAaIXQu
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