Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) invited the parents of a young man killed by a suspected illegal immigrant to attend Tuesday's State of the Union event.

In his address, President Trump spoke about the need for border security, and he lamented the damage and deaths caused by illegal immigrant crime.

"Year after year, countless Americans are murdered by criminal illegal aliens," Trump said. "I've gotten to know many wonderful Angel moms, dads and families -- no one should ever have to suffer the horrible heartache they have endured."



Two of those "Angel parents" are D.J. and Wendy Corcoran, whose 22-year-old son Pierce was killed Dec. 29 after a suspected illegal immigrant allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic.

On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Blackburn said the Corcoran's tragedy highlights the damage caused by illegal immigration, which also includes drugs, gang activity, human trafficking and sex trafficking. 

"They fully realize that until we secure that southern border, that every state's a border state. Every town's a border town, because of the impact of illegal entry into our country and onto our streets of our neighborhoods and communities," Blackburn said.


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Mrs. Corcoran said Trump's State of the Union remarks on immigration were exactly what they "hoped to hear," explaining that the president is trying to get Congress to work toward a bipartisan resolution on border security funding.

She added that Trump's long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is the "perfect start" toward comprehensive immigration reform.

Mr. Corcoran, a captain with the Knoxville Fire Department, said that Trump "nailed it" in his address.

"I thought he was very compassionate. I think that he left an option there for the other people that came here legally. I thought that he made good points. That, you know, if you are here illegally, that's the problem. It's not the people that are here trying to make a better life for themselves but the people that are here doing it [illegally]," he said.

Mrs. Corcoran revealed the last words they received from their son were in a journal found in his vehicle: "My actions matter."

She said that's her message to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle as they navigate the immigration debate.

"For us, their actions matter. Their actions matter toward the American people, but especially all those affected by illegal crime."

Watch the emotional "Fox & Friends" segment above.


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