Mother of Girl Murdered by MS-13 Gang Will Attend SOTU and Meet With Trump Ahead of Speech

As President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, a number of special guests will be in the audience. One of those people will be Evelyn Rodriguez, whose 16-year-old daughter, Kayla Cuevas, was murdered by the gang MS-13.

According to the New York Post, Cuevas and her best friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, were beaten with baseball bats and mutilated with a machete in Brentwood on Long Island. In March 2017, 10 illegal immigrant members of the gang were indicted for the ruthless murders.

“They’re evil. They’re coming over the border, then coming back after they get kicked out,” Rodriguez told the New York Post. “Things should change. It shouldn’t take my daughter’s death.”

Rodriguez confirmed to Newsday that she will attend the annual speech as a guest and called it an “honor” and “great privilege” to be invited.

In addition to attending the speech, The New York Times reported she will also meet and speak with Trump. While she wants children like her daughter to be protected, she explained to The New York Times it doesn’t mean she wants all immigrants to be punished.

Rodriguez called immigration “not my forte” and declared that “everybody has the right for the American dream.” She believes immigrants are “good people” who “give back to the community” but is upset at the ones who come to America illegally and commit crimes.

“I just want what’s right to be done,” she told The New York Times. “Everybody should put their political agenda aside and think about what’s going on in our country.”

Rodriguez added that she’s not pursuing reforms for herself and said that “it’s always been for the kids.”

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