Brittany ComakJan 31, 2018, 11:38 amJan 31, 2018, 7:37 pm

Gang violence on Long Island highlighted during President Trump’s State of the Union

Parents of teens killed by alleged gang members were invited to the address

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BRENTWOOD — The subject of immigration had a significant big part in President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech, and the fight against gang violence put Long Island in the national spotlight.

During the address, President Trump presented Evelyn Rodriguez, Freddy Cuevas, Elizabeth Alvarado, and Robert Mickens. Their two teenage daughters, Kayla Cuevas and Nisa Mickens, were killed while walking home on a September night in 2016 in Brentwood. Since then, six members from the MS-13 gang have been arrested and charged with their murders.

President Trump invited the Long Island parents to attend his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night in an effort to get his main message across for all Americans to unite and compromise on a way to solve immigration issues.

But Brentwood residents say they don't think that should be the main issue that the nation's immigration plan should be focused on.

"We’re looking for answers on other things and he's making a big deal about the smaller people who make an issue," said Samantha Carrasquillo.

"I mean, the way he paints the picture you would think the majority of immigrants are bad, and I don't think that's the case. I think a lot of them are hardworking people. I just think that the few bad apples make the rest look bad," said Rob Smith.

President Trump's new immigration plan would allow citizenship to almost 2 million “dreamers” in exchange for $25 billion in funding for tighter border security.

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