In his first speech to Congress, President Donald Trump announced he will begin a government program that publicizes acts of crime committed by undocumented immigrants.
"I have ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims,' Trump said, according to a transcript of his speech published by CNN. "The office is called VOICE -- Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement. We are providing a voice to those who have been ignored by our media, and silenced by special interests."
In the crowd were several family members of people slain by undocumented immigrants, including Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis, whose police-officer husbands were "gunned down by an illegal immigrant with a criminal record and two prior deportations," Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to AOL, Democrats in the room emitted an "audible groan" in response to Trump's announcement.
Also in the audience and mentioned by Trump in his speech was Jamiel Shaw, a Los Angeles resident whose son, Jamiel Shaw Jr. -- a promising, college-bound football player -- was killed at the age of 17 by an undocumented immigrant in 2008.
Shaw Jr. "was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from" jail, Trump said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
"Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great" running back, Trump said. "But he never got the chance."
As a result of his son's tragic death, the elder Shaw was a fierce supporter of Trump's anti-immigrant policies during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"We call it getting killed by invisible people, because they aren't supposed to be here," Shaw told Fox News.
The man who killed Shaw, Jr. was sentenced to death.
"I wasn't gonna let them get away with it," Shaw Sr. said. "You can't let people think, 'If you kill my loved ones, I'm gonna forgive you.'"
"Put yourself in that same spot," Shaw Sr. told KTLA. "[People from] grandfathers to babies have been victims of illegal aliens. So for people to act like it's not happening because you didn't say it the right way -- that's a cop out."
And Trump's tough talk on immigration is what attracted Shaw Sr. to his campaign in 2016 and ultimately led to his seat at the president's speech to Congress in Washington, D.C.
"The only difference between me and Donald Trump is that he is rich, so he's able to withstand the onslaught to get his point across. That's why he don't care what people think," Shaw Sr. said. "Me, on the other hand, I don't have nothing."