Amid the heated political battle over the border crisis, President Donald Trump invited “Angel families” of loved ones killed by illegal immigrants to speak to the media and the American public.
"We're gathered today to hear directly from the American victims of illegal immigration. You know, you hear the other side, you never hear this side,” Trump said. “These are the American citizens permanently separated from their loved ones. The word 'permanently' being the word."
President Trump also listed statistics on the “human toll of illegal immigration.”
Citing a 2011 government report, Trump said there were 25,000 homicides attributed to the illegal immigrant population. Additionally, the illegal immigrant population was responsible for 42,000 robberies, nearly 70,000 for sex offenses, and nearly 15,000 for kidnapping, the president said.
“In Texas alone, within the last seven years more than a quarter of a million criminal aliens have been arrested and charged with over 600,000 criminal offenses,” Trump added. “You don’t hear that.”
Trump then invited several members of the “Angel families” to tell their personal stories in which their loved ones were brutally killed by illegal immigrants.
"This is permanent separation. For his birthday, I go to his grave. We set up a Christmas tree on grant's grave," one Angel father said. "I wish some of our media had the same integrity as our president, our vice president."
An Angel mother, who spent years legally immigrating to the United States from Germany, said her son was brutally murdered by illegal aliens.
"I didn't drag him over borders, through desserts, I didn't place him in harm's way. I protected my child from harm, but I couldn't do that on July 12, 2012," she said through tears.
Watch Trump's full press conference with the Angel families below:
Even if the media refuse to give the families adequate cover, President Trump made sure their stories were heard.