President Donald Trump honored two teens who were slain by MS-13 gang members during his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens were murdered by MS-13 while walking together on the eve of Mickens’ 16th birthday. Trump invited the teens’ parents to attend the SOTU and promised to prevent future gang killings by restricting illegal immigration.
Shockingly, Democrats seemed to groan as Trump introduced the families, but the rest of the crowd was sympathetic to their story.
“Six members of the savage MS-13 gang have been charged with Kayla and Nisa’s murders,” Trump said, as the girls’ parents visibly wept. “Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our country’s laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied minors and wound up in Kayla and Nisa’s high school. Evelyn, Elizabeth, Freddy and Robert, tonight, everyone in this chamber is praying for you. Everyone in America is grieving for you. Please stand. Thank you very much.”
The room gave a standing applause to the Cuevas and the Mickens after Trump’s emotional shoutout.
“I want you to know that 320 million hearts are right now breaking for you. We love you. Thank you. But we cannot imagine the depths of that kind of sorrow, we can make sure that other families never have to endure this kind of pain,” Trump continued. “Tonight, I am calling on Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs to break into our country.”