A mother whose daughter was murdered by MS-13 members praised President Trump for drawing attention to the violence perpetrated by the brutal gang.

16-year-old Kayla Cuevas and her best friend, 15-year-old Nisa Mickens, were brutally beaten and stabbed to death by several members of MS-13 in Brentwood, New York, in September 2016.

Kayla Cuevas

Cuevas' mother, Evelyn Rodriguez, joined Trump, law enforcement officials and other family members of MS-13 victims at a roundtable event on Long Island on Wednesday to discuss combating the gang.

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Trump has called for a nationwide crackdown on MS-13, whose motto is “kill, rape, control.”

"It's great that he is aware that we have an issue here on Long Island with MS-13, and he's giving great support to law enforcement and just giving it the attention that it needs in order to get things done," Rodriguez said.

She said there is a lot of work to do, but the crackdown by law enforcement and the presence of more resources and professionals have already had positive results.

"You can see the difference in the community," Rodriguez said. "You can actually see kids playing in the parks, you see kids riding their bikes, which you haven't seen in quite some time."

"It's not 100 percent, but it's getting there. It's a long run and there's a lot of work to be done. But it's started and there's a process."

She took no issue with President Trump choosing to label MS-13 as "animals," arguing many people have said the same thing. 

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