Anticipation is high as President Donald Trump prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address.
The speech will essentially revolve around the staggering progress that the Trump administration has been able to achieve in just one short year, and it also serves as an opportunity for the commander-in-chief to call attention to his priorities for the coming year.
While a ton of attention will obviously be given to what Trump has to say, there’s also a substantial buzz in the air about other ways that he’ll be getting his points across during his speech.
Guests of the President and First Lady are always a huge talking point during SOTU addresses, and this year is no exception.
The New York Times shares the details about one of the special guests.
Evelyn Rodriguez, whose daughter Kayla Cuevas was killed by MS-13 gang members on Long Island in 2016, says she will be in the audience as a guest of the White House when President Trump gives his State of the Union address on Tuesday.
She has also been invited to the White House before the address to meet with the president.
The murders of Kayla, 16, and her friend Nisa Mickens, 15, two American-born teenagers who were killed in a suburban cul-de-sac, became a flash point for the administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.
Ms. Rodriguez, 49, was honored to be invited, but said, for her, it was not about immigration.
Immigration will be a huge part of Trump’s speech, and we can safely assume that his words will be quite powerful.
That said, the visual of a grieving mother that has been directly impacted by the perils of unchecked immigration will drive the message home more powerfully than words would ever be able to.
As for Rodriguez, it’s hard to fathom the pain that she’s still dealing with due to the tragic loss of her daughter and friend, but she’s not letting that deter her from the opportunity to get the message out about the real problems that are directly impacting communities across the nation.
“I want him to ensure that we’re going to get the proper funding for the resources for our kids,” she said in an interview on Sunday from her Brentwood, Long Island, home before boarding a plane to Washington.
“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.”
In a perfect world, the simple advice from the grieving mother will be followed. No matter which way you slice it, there are serious problems that our country is facing due to a broken immigration system.
We finally have a president that is going out of his way to do something about it.
While he’s meeting resistance at every turn from the anti-Trump segment of the nation’s capital, the absurdity of the liberal viewpoint on immigration is being exposed on a daily basis by Trump’s willingness to devise common sense solutions that work for all.
For those that continue to insist that open borders and hugs are the answer to everything, we encourage them to pay extra attention to the grieving mom that is taking the trek to be part of what should be a memorable night.