President Trump on Friday met with families whose loved ones have been killed by people who entered the United States illegally, highlighting their “permanent separation” in response to criticism over his administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
“These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word you have to think about is ‘permanently,'” Trump said at an event Friday at the White House where Angle Families had been invited, according to Fox News.
“Because they were killed by illegal immigrants. These are the families that the media ignores. This is a very unfair situation,” Trump added.
At the event, also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, families held photos of their departed loved ones.
On Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order ending parental separations for those who recently crossed the border illegally after 2,300 children were taken from their parents who are being held in Border Patrol detention centers as their claims are being processed.
Why don’t media talk about drug crimes, MS-13 gang activity and killings, Trump asked Friday. “Where is the media outrage over the catch and release policy? Where is the condemnation of Democrats in sanctuary cities that release violent criminals into our communities?”
Trump added that the Angel Families are “brave Americans.”
Angel mothers spoke at the event.
Laura Wilkerson shared about the loss of her 18-year-old son, Josh, in 2010. “Josh was brutally tortured, strangled over and over, set on fire after death. His last hours were brutal. None of our kids had a minute to say goodbye. We weren’t lucky enough to be separated for five days or 10 days. We are separated permanently,” she said.
Sabine Durden, another angel mom who immigrated to the United States legally, thanked Trump for saving her from committing suicide after her only son was killed by an immigrant felon from Guatemala who was in the U.S. illegally.
“Thank God our president and vice president … they rallied behind us,” she was quoted as saying. “They were the only ones and gave us a little light. I was gonna end my life — I had no purpose. But President Trump coming down that escalator that day and talking about illegal immigration stopped me in my tracks and I had no clue at that point that I would ever be at the White House.”
Durden said she “didn’t place him (her son) in harm’s way” by entering the country illegally, but couldn’t protect him on July 12, 2012, when he was struck by an unlicensed truck that was being driven by a man who was in the country illegally. “This is my only child. I have no family. That’s it. The public needs to know and they deserve to know that this could happen to each one of you at any second.”
Michelle Wilson-Root, another mother whose daughter was killed in 2016, shared her story. “Our separation is permanent. Sarah never gets to go on to be a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an aunt. My son does not have his only sibling any longer. My life has been devastated. So has my daughter’s family and friends,” she said.
“Sarah is never coming home,” she continued. “I never get to take a selfie with her again. I have no more pictures of her,” Root said. “Our police officers, our Border Patrol, please continue to fight.”
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Source: Christian Post