On Friday, a group of families gathered to rally in favor of President Donald Trump’s proposal for additional border wall funding.
Each of them had something tragic in common — they lost loved ones at the hands of illegal immigrants and wanted to prevent similar deaths.
The families gathered at the San Ysidro border in California where they harped on the danger posed by illegal immigration, KUSI News reported.
“Not one more American life needs to be lost at the hands of an illegal alien criminal in this country,” said Mary Ann Mendoza, whose son died in a collision with a drunk illegal immigrant.
Their rally came just after a contentious White House meeting in which Trump debated border wall funding with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
As the deadline rapidly approaches for funding the government, both sides have to reach a compromise in order to avoid a shutdown at the end of the month. Unfortunately, both the White House and Congressional Democrats have committed to opposing positions on the wall.
The group of Angel Families reportedly supported a shutdown in lieu of border wall funding from Congress.
Watch part of the rally below (Mendoza speaks at around 8:00):
“We stand firm with President Trump. Angel Families supports him. Shut down the government. We need a stand-alone border security act,” Mendoza said, according to a CBS affiliate.
Mendoza lamented the fact that Schumer and Pelosi had power in Congress, saying that the White House meeting made her “very ashamed” that Pelosi would be House Speaker.
“The other thing that bothers me about Nancy Pelosi is that she goes on and on and on about the cost of the wall but what Nancy Pelosi fails to talk about is the cost of supporting illegal aliens in our country,” she said.
Mendoza also blasted Pelosi for failing to discuss the victims of illegal immigrants’ crimes. She added that “no Democratic politician will ever meet with us.”
“They will never meet with us when we go to DC because they can’t face us,” she said. Mendoza then asked Pelosi an important question about her opposition to border wall funding.
“I want to ask Nancy Pelosi a question and I hope she hears this: How much would the cost of the wall mean to you, Nancy, if it could be predicted that a loved one of yours would be saved two years from now because that wall was built?”
Agnes Gibboney, who lost her son to a gang member and illegal immigrant, accused Democrats of holding Trump “hostage” in negotiations.
Watch Gibboney speak about her loss below:
“They’re holding President Trump hostage and blackmailing President Trump. President Trump should not agree with anything they want,” Gibboney said.
“If that’s how we’re going to play this game, then nothing for Congress anymore. Don’t sign anything, don’t let any of their nonsense bills pass.”
As IJR previously noted, President Trump held a rally with angel moms earlier this year.
“I brought my son. This is what I have left, his ashes. I wear his ashes in a locket, this is how I hug my son…All politicians. I don't care what side you are, you don't want your children in a casket or urn. So get it together for God's sake.” — Sabine Durden, Angel mom pic.twitter.com/waYvjNC64c
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) June 22, 2018
One of those mothers described how hopeless she felt after her son’s death. “But President Trump coming down that escalator that day and talking about illegal immigration stopped me in my track[s],” she said of Trump’s 2015 campaign announcement.