Presidential candidate Donald Trump will meet Friday with the relatives of people who have been murdered by immigrants living illegally in the U.S., his campaign announced.
The private closed-door meeting will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Trump will sit down with at least six individuals, including the family of Jamiel Shaw, Jr., a 17-year-old from Arlington Heights, California, who was gunned down in 2008 by a 19-year-old gang member originally from Mexico.
Other attendees are expected to include Sabine Durden, Dan Rosenberg, Lupe Moreno, Brenda Sparks, Robin Hvidston, all of whom had a family member killed by suspects believed to have been in the U.S. illegally.
Trump has been facing intense backlash for a series of controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants in the U.S. improperly.
To buttress his argument for immigration reform, the presidential candidate in recent days has seized on the July 1 murder of Kate Steinle in San Francisco by a felon who had been deported five times.
After his meeting with the victims’ families, Trump is expected to sit down on Friday evening with conservative Hollywood group Friends of Abe.