Viral Photo Of Drowned Father And Daughter Highlights The Dangers Migrants’ Face To Reach Border
We’ve heard the stories and even seen the intense pictures of immigrants struggling to get across to the U.S. border from Mexico. However, the latest viral picture which shows a father and his toddler daughter lifeless on the banks of the Rio Grande is a reminder of the extreme risks immigrants take to get on American soil.
The image, which showed the girl still holding on to her father, lying face-down in the water, was taken by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada. Authorities found the bodies of 25-year-old Oscar Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria on Monday, after a long half day search. The mother, Tania Vanessa Avalos, who also attempted to cross the river managed to survive.
“They wanted a better future for their girl,” María Estela Ávalos, Vanessa’s mother, told The Washington Post. So they traveled more than 1,000 miles seeking it. They had a plan to ask for asylum once they got in the United States. But, on Sunday, they were told the bridge was closed and that they should return Monday. Before they all made it to the other side, to Brownsville, Tex., the river waters pulled the 25-year-old and his daughter under and swept them away. Their bodies were found the next day.
President Donald Trump commented on the tragedy Wednesday and said he hated to see the heart-wrenching photo but then quickly blamed Democrats for it all.
“I hate it, and it could stop immediately if the Democrats change the laws. And that father who was probably a wonderful guy with his daughter, things like that wouldn’t happen,” Trump said as he was leaving DC to attend the G20 in Japan. He continued, “That journey across that river is a dangerous journey. Going across the Rio Grande is very, very dangerous, depending on the time of year and the conditions and the rapidity of the water,” he continued.
“And we know that, we have many, many guards there, people go through the guards. If we had the right laws, that the Democrats are not letting us have, those people wouldn’t be coming up, they wouldn’t be trying,” Trump argued. “The asylum policy of the Democrats is responsible.”
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