Illegal immigration is a massive problem in the United States. Every year, innocent Americans are killed by people who should’ve never been here in the first place. Frustrated, some families are starting to take matters into their own hands.

According to reports, six families of victims killed by undocumented immigrants have recently come together to create a new advocacy group. The group, Advocates for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime (AVIAC), was launched earlier this week at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. Its members plan to document crimes committed by illegal aliens, help the victims, and lobby the government for reform. They also hope to educate others about why it’s important to enforce our country’s immigration laws.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a well-known opponent of unlawful immigration, agreed to give a speech during the launch party. “I want to stay involved with AVIAC as much as I can,” he told the attendees. “Every one of those lives that have been snuffed out by someone who is unlawfully in America…is a preventable death,” continued King, noting, “these families are the equivalent of Gold Star Families. They’ve lost their loved ones because we didn’t do our job in enforcing the law.”

King’s comments refer to the fact that if we did a better job enforcing our country’s immigration laws, countless people would still be alive today. For example, if we had a more secure border wall, it would be much more difficult for dangerous criminals to enter our country and harm others. On top of that, our country would be much safer if we deported illegal aliens caught committing other crimes. This is because those who commit one crime tend to commit others.

During his speech, King also spoke out against the former administration for not doing enough to protect the lives of American citizens. Specifically, he said, “Eisenhower enforced immigration law well. Each succeeding president enforced it less and less until we got to Barack Obama, who simply said, ‘I have prosecutorial discretion; I’m going to decide not to enforce whole vast areas of the law, and I’m going to reward lawbreakers.’”

AVIAC also has support from the White House. Earlier this year, the Trump administration announced the creation of a Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) office in the Department of Homeland Security. Like AVIAC, VOICE will focus on tracking crimes committed by undocumented aliens and helping the victims.

Mary Ann Mendoza, AVIAC’s co-founder and Vice President, hopes that organizations focused on crimes committed by people who shouldn’t be here, to begin with, will help open people understand just how problematic illegal immigration is. “The amount [of crime] that happens on a daily basis will stagger the American public when we start to get this information out there,” stated Mendoza, who lost her son, Sgt. Brandon Mendoza of the Mesa, Arizona police department, after an undocumented alien speeding down the wrong side of the road, smashed into his car and killed him. “It’s time for American victims to be more important to their fellow Americans than illegal aliens that our in our country. It’s time to stand up for your fellow Americans,” she added.

Maureen Maloney, whose son was killed by an illegal immigrant in a hit and run accident, also gave a speech at the launch party. Although her son was killed by an undocumented alien, she made it clear that she blames liberal politicians for his death. “Sadly, more often than not, our legal system holds the criminal aliens less accountable than Americans, leaving families being victimized,” explained Maloney.

“My son’s killer had a lengthy criminal record, and with each offense only received a slap on the wrist from lenient judges, and local law enforcement was prohibited from communicating with ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement],” she added. “[He’s] dead because politicians in local jurisdictions have put illegal aliens ahead of Americans,” she continued, noting, “[he] paid the ultimate price. I am permanently separated from [him].”

Illegal immigration must not be tolerated in the United States. Those who put the lives of illegals before the lives of Americans need to be removed from office and held accountable for their actions. Hopefully, groups like AVIAC get others to start taking illegal immigration more seriously.