President Donald Trump highlighted the plight of parents who lost children to crime perpetrated by illegal immigrants at a White House event Friday.
“For years their plight was met with indifference. No more. I told them three years ago when we were together, day one, just about day one I would say, I said I hear you, I see you and I will never let you down,” Trump said, adding “their loved ones have not died in vain. We know that. We call them the angel families. Angel moms, angel pops. These are the angel families.”
Trump has long been close with the Angel community, consistently highlighting their stories throughout the 2016 presidential campaign. The event focused on individual stories of parents who lost children with each relaying an anecdote of how their child was killed.
The event comes as the Trump administration has instituted a zero tolerance policy at the U.S.-Mexico border by prosecuting all illegal immigrants. The policy resulted in some separation of illegal family units because of U.S. law requiring authorities to house children in less stringent facilities.