The New York Times reports that Evelyn Rodriguez, a woman whose daughter Kayla Cuevas was murdered by MS-13 gang members in Long Island two years ago, will appear as a guest audience member for President Trump. He will tell her story at the State of the Union address on Tuesday.
Before the address, she has been invited to the White House to meet directly with Trump himself.
Kayla was murdered along with her friend Nisa Mickens, who was 15 years old. Both were killed in a suburban cul-de-sac. Kayla's mother claims that she will attend the address, and is honored to be invited, but claims that for her, the appearance isn't about immigration. Rather, it is to ensure that kids get property funding from the federal government.
“I want him to ensure that we’re going to get the proper funding for the resources for our kids,” she said.
“I’m not here for anybody’s political gain,” Ms. Rodriguez added. “I just want what’s right to be done. Everybody should put their political agenda aside and think about what’s going on in our country.”
Trump and attorney general Jeff Sessions have promised to crack down on the illegal immigration of young people from Central America. They have also vowed to reduce the activity of the MS-13 gang in Los Angeles by Salvadorian refugees.
The New York Times reports that it has been nearly a year since federal authorities first acknowledged that the two teenagers were murdered by the MS-13 gang. Kayla had apparently been feuding with MS-13 members at school and on social media, causing the gang to attack her as she was walking down the street at 8:30 pm. Both of the girls were apparently beaten to death with bats and machetes.
On top of vowing to do more to fight crime and gang activity, it is expected that Trump will not use this mother's appearance to directly talk about border security, although border security will surely be include din Trump's address.
Trump is also expected to talk about the need for compromise and is expected to set a "compromising tone" in the address, according to the New York Post.
Many Democrats have announced that they won't be coming to the address.
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