Mother Of Man Who Drowned In Rio Grande Says: 'Don’t Try This'

A harrowing photo of a Salvadoran migrant and his young daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande at the U.S. -Mexico border became the focus on Wednesday of a U.S. political debate over President Donald Trump's asylum policies. But when she looked at it, she saw a great deal of tenderness, the way that her granddaughter's arm was draped over her son's neck there at the edge of the river. "It's not easy. You risk your life", said the mother of Oscar. "But at the same time, it fills me with tenderness".

"I cried a lot when we said goodbye because I felt in my heart that it was the last time I was going to embrace him", she said.

"You can see how he protected her", she said.

Church groups and other organizations have stepped in to help some of them.

Salvadoran migrant Tania Avalos sits throughout a study her husband Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and her daughter Valeria in Matamoros, Mexico, June 23, 2019.

In their working-class neighborhood of about 40,000, Martinez worked in a pizzeria and valos as a cashier in a fast-food restaurant, Ramirez said.

Martinez' mother on Wednesday told Reuters she had urged her son not to leave, fearing danger would meet him on the long journey north. She said Martinez grabbed the toddler, but the two were swept away by the current and couldn't get out.

"'No, mam','" she said he replied. "That it is possible you'll perchance glance how he true her".

"It's our version of the Syrian photograph - of the 3-year-old boy on the beach, dead".

She remembered people taking shots at her brother, attacking his actions as a father by taking his family aboard the raft hoping it would take them to safety. "She was very pretty".

SHERMAN: My colleague Marc (ph) Aleman in San Salvador spoke with his mother and said it was understandably very hard to see that photo.

For many people trying to enter the country, it's a matter of waiting, waiting and waiting some more for the OK to come across - unless they try to force the issue and slip over the border, a unsafe and sometimes lethal undertaking that involves trekking through the scorching desert and fording the deceptively tricky Rio Grande.

"It is a searing image that should shake each of us to our core", she added. "How much I would like to have my son and my granddaughter here".

"We have a humanitarian emergency, and instead of addressing it we are spending enormous amounts of money on militarizing the country". A total of 283 people died while trying to cross past year; figures for 2019 have not yet been released. Photos like these highlight the perils faced by migrants fleeing their countries due to war and poverty.

Trump is campaigning on hard-line immigration policies aimed at reducing the flow of migrants coming to the US - policies Democrats have called inhumane.

"They are a family that has suffered beyond what most of us can imagine, the torture of children, and so on. they're definitely qualified", he said.

There's a belief that there was just a level of desperation, that they felt like they couldn't wait.

Castro, also a former San Antonio mayor, said that if elected, he'd use executive orders to immediately end the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, which briefly led to immigrant families being separated at the border.

"They go through the desert, they try to wade across the Rio Grande, and this kind of punitive approach nearly predictably leads to these kinds of deaths", he told AFP.

Following the same route as a swelling exodus of migrants fleeing violence and poverty, they made the risky crossing from Guatemala across the 2,000 mile Mexican border to the city of Tapachula.

  • Leroy Wright


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