Trump Uses SOTU to Honor Parents of Teenage Girls Killed by MS-13

By Melanie Arter | January 30, 2018 | 10:39pm EST
Robert Mickens, Elizabeth Alvarado, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas - the parents of two NYC teens - 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cueva, who were murdered by MS-13 (Screenshot of White House video)

( - President Donald Trump used his State of the Union address on Tuesday to call attention the victims of criminal aliens by honoring the parents of two teenage girls who were murdered by the MS-13 gang in Long Island, N.Y.

Elizabeth Alvarado, Robert Mickens, Evelyn Rodriguez, and Freddy Cuevas - the invited guests of the president - were given a standing ovation after Trump described their ordeal.

The bodies of 15-year-old Nisa Mickens and 16-year-old Kayla Cuevas were found in September 2016. Both had been brutally beaten.

Authorities say Cuevas had been “marked for death” because of a feud with gang members on social media, and Mickens had just been “in the’ wrong place at the wrong time.”

“Here tonight are two fathers and two mothers:  Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters -- Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens -- were close friends on Long Island, but in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa's 16th birthday, neither of them came home,” Trump said.

“These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown. Six members of the savage gang MS-13 have been charged with Kayla and Nisa's murders. Many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied alien minors--and wound up in Kayla and Nisa's high school,” he said.

“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.  I want you to know that 320 million hearts are right now breaking for you. We love you. Thank you,” the president said.

“Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13, and other criminals, to break into our country. We have proposed new legislation that will fix our immigration laws, and support our ICE and Border Patrol Agents, so that this cannot ever happen again,” Trump added.


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