The heart-shaped image of Salvador's father and his young daughter who drowned crossing Rio Grande on his way to the US highlighted the human cost of the humanitarian crisis at the border.
The image made on Monday by Julia Le Duc and published by the Mexican newspaper La Jornada showed the young daughter of the carcar Alberto Martínez Ramírez wrapped in his shirt and clinging to his neck.
He put it on the American bank of the river and started back for his wife, Vanessa Avalos, but when he saw him walk away, the girl threw himself into the waters. Martinez returned and managed to take Valeria, but the present stream took them. @AP https://t.co/YjEmqm6T6j
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June 25, 2019
It is reported that Martinez Ramirez was disappointed because his family Salvador was not able to present himself immediately to the US authorities while they are seeking asylum, which makes him risk the dangerous passage of the river with his family. the Sonan desert, boasting regular temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and the fast-moving Rio Grande River, the two thousand-mile border between the United States and Mexico is often a fatal crossing between ports of entry.
A total of 283 migrant deaths were recorded last year, according to the Associated Press.
"It is a pity that this will happen," said Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday, answering a question about the picture. "We have always condemned that because there is more rejection in the United States, there are people who lose their lives in the desert or pass [the river.]"
Last week, the director of the shelter noted how long they were waiting for asylum seekers. meet with US officials and hear their cases, saying that only 40-45 cases per week have been heard in Matamoros. Meanwhile, 800-1,700 names are on the waiting list. "With greater repression and constraints, Chris Ramon, senior analyst on immigration policy at the Washington think tank, we could see more desperate measures by people trying to get into Mexico or the United States "