Anyone hear about the two pairs of black parents who were invited to the State of the Union by President Trump in order to show the country how tragic our immigration system is?
I didn’t think so. Their appearance — and it was heartbreaking to see them grieve while Trump told the story of how their daughters were killed by illegal immigrant gang members — was almost entirely dismissed by the press.
“Their two teenage daughters — Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens — were close friends on Long Island,” Trump said in his speech. “But in September 2016, on the eve of Nisa's 16th Birthday — such a happy time it should have been — neither of them came home. These two precious girls were brutally murdered while walking together in their hometown.”
On Sep. 13, 2016, Mickens’ body was found on the side of a road near an elementary school. The next day, Cuevas’ body was recovered from a wooded area a few blocks away.
The two had been walking together when several members of MS-13, a gang largely made up of illegal immigrants from the slums of Central America, jumped them while wielding machetes and baseball bats. The girls, who had grown up friends since childhood, were slashed, brutalized, and bludgeoned to death, reportedly over an altercation that started on social media.
The machete is MS-13’s “weapon of choice” and is “used to mutilate and dismember victims during attacks that sometimes are recorded,” according to the Long Island newspaper Newsday.
Suffolk County Police Commissioner Tim Sini described the gruesome attacks as “depraved” and said the perpetrators would have had to have had “no regard for human life.”
So ravaged is Suffolk County by MS-13 that it received half a million dollars in a federal grant last October just to combat the gang violence.
But after Trump’s address, NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd immediately complained that he “didn't lead with a conciliatory tone on immigration.” (Presumably Trump’s guests, Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens, were more upset that the illegals who killed their daughters “didn’t lead with a conciliatory tone” when they took machetes to their bodies.)
The New York Times editorial board said Trump had “injected only poison and confusion” into the immigration debate.
Flush with originality, the Washington Post also said Trump “injected more ethno-nationalist venom into a debate he already has done much to poison” and that he “chose in the most inflammatory way possible to associate immigrants with a horrific crime committed by a vicious gang.”
Here’s the “poison” Trump put in his speech:
So, tonight, I am extending an open hand to work with members of both parties, Democrats and Republicans, to protect our citizens of every background, color, religion, and creed. My duty, and the sacred duty of every elected official in this chamber, is to defend Americans, to protect their safety, their families, their communities, and their right to the American Dream. Because Americans are dreamers too.
He said immigration reform should include legal protections and a path to citizenship for the nearly 2 million so-called "Dreamers," illegal immigrants brought to the country as children; an end to chain migration, wherein immigrant citizens are allowed to bring the remotest relatives to the U.S.; and end the visa lottery, which gives out green cards to foreigners at random.
The goal would be to maximize importing immigrants with high potential and stop horrific cases like that of Cuevas and Mickens'.
And yet, coverage of what happened to Cuevas and Mickens at the hands of illegal immigrant gang members was next to nothing. But Google “Trump State of the Union Guests” and you’ll find CNN and Vox speculating about why the first lady wore white and didn’t ride to the Capitol in the same car as her husband.
It’s only worth noting that Cuevas, Mickens and their parents are black because of the media’s unrelenting accusation that any immigration policy outside of “complete open borders” is racist.
Trump spent the better part of the last month being called a racist because he suggested limiting immigration from “shithole countries.” Here at his State of the Union were four black parents who saw their children taken away because of illegal immigrant criminals.
That interests virtually no one in the national media?
Of course not, because that would be a win for Trump. And he always wins when the debate is over immigration.
He won the 2016 Republican primary on immigration. He won the general election, in large part, because of immigration. He won the government shutdown last week when Democrats made it about immigration.
And even if the media ignored Cuevas and Mickens' story at the State of the Union, Trump is still set to win their issue.