Posted on November 3, 2020

‘Angel Families’ React to President Trump’s National Day of Remembrance for Americans Killed by Illegal Aliens

Bradford Betz, Fox News, November 2, 2020

Family members whose loved ones have been killed by illegal immigrants praised President Trump’s declaration to make Nov. 1 a National Day of Remembrance while bemoaning the fact that too many Americans still remain unaware of the problem.

The president’s declaration on Friday – coming just a few days before the general election – seeks to highlight one of his signature policies in curbing illegal immigration.

“We solemnly stand with their families — our Angel Families — who have endured what no American family should ever have to suffer,” the statement read. “Today, we recommit to ensuring that those responsible for these tragedies face justice, while taking every action to prevent these horrific acts from occurring in our Nation,” the statement read.

Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son was killed in a head-on collision with a drunken driver who was in the country illegally, said that “Angel Families” are very appreciative of President Trump’s declaration.

“There have been many events this past year overtaking the news cycle, but unfortunately the loss of innocent Americans continues to grow daily at the hands of illegal criminals,” Mendoza said in a statement to Fox News.


Don Rosenberg, whose son was killed when his motorcycle was struck by an illegal immigrant without a driver’s license, told Fox News that too many Americans are unaware of the problem because it is swept under the rug by the mainstream media.


Rosenberg criticized outlets like The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC, among others, for largely refusing to report on American citizens or legal immigrants being killed by illegal ones.


In his statement, President Trump blasted “our politicians and leaders” who have “met the pain and plight of Angel Families with silence and indifference.”

“Under my watch, the voices of our Angel Families no longer fall on deaf ears. Americans who are killed by illegal aliens are no longer forgotten, and we are ensuring that they will not have died in vain,” the president’s statement read. “Our Nation solemnly stands alongside the mothers and fathers who are no longer able to see their children grow up and have families of their own and for the sons and daughters who have lost a parent or loved one at the hands of someone who never should have been inside our country in the first place.”

President Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration one of his signature policy issues on the 2016 campaign trail and as commander-in-chief. In the run-up to the General Election, President Trump has sought to distinguish himself from his opponent, Democratic nominee Joe Biden who has  repeatedly framed Trump’s hardline stance as a supposed “anti-immigrant agenda.”