WATCH: Trump Asks Angel Families to Stand Up at Speech Declaring Border Emergency
Several Angel Families -- who lost their children to illegal immigrant crime -- attended President Trump's address at the White House Rose Garden on Friday.
During the speech, Trump said he will declare a national emergency on the southern border, tapping into executive powers in a bid to divert billions toward construction of a wall even as he signs a funding package that includes just $1.375 billion for border security.
“We’re going to confront the national security crisis on our southern border … one way or the other, we have to do it,” Trump said.
He singled out the Angel Moms sitting in the front row, calling them "some of the greatest people I know."
"Unfortunately, we have new Angel Moms," Trump said, asking one woman to stand up and show a picture of her daughter and another to show a picture of her husband.
"I have such respect for these people: Angel Moms, Angel Dads, Angel Families," Trump said. "These are brave people. They don't have to be here, they don't have to be doing this. They're doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here."
Watch some of the president's remarks above.