President Donald Trump highlighted the issue of illegal immigration at the White House Wednesday as he met with families that have lost loved ones to crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, NBC News reported.
In the handout provided by the White House, Trump stated, "Countless innocent American lives have been stolen because our politicians have failed in their duty to secure our borders and enforce our laws."
But according to national statistics, the rate of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. tripled between the 1990s and 2013, while violent crime declined 48 percent and property crime fell 41 percent over that period.
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The attention on illegal immigration comes before the House considers two immigration bills that the White House supports: "Kate's Law," which would increase penalties for undocumented immigrants who re-enter after deportation, and the "No Sanctuary For Criminals Act," which seeks to defund sanctuary cities, like San Francisco and New York.