Strong Reactions Continue After Now-Viral Photo of Drowned Migrant and His Young Daughter

  • The now-viral picture depicting the drowning deaths of a father and his young daughter have further put migration under a microscope and underscored not only the dangerousness of trying to cross the border but how much migrants are willing to sacrifice to enter the U.S.
  • El Salvadoran migrant Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez drowned, along with his toddler daughter, Valeria, while trying to cross the Rio Grande in Texas.
  • The aftermath of their deaths was caught on camera with both of their bodies lying face down and Valeria inside of her father’s shirt as he tried to save her from drowning.
  • Ramírez was apparently “frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum” when he tried to swim across.
  • In response to the deaths, the El Salvador government has warned people not to risk their lives or the lives of their loved ones to cross the U.S. southern border.
  • When referring to the photos, President Trump said: “I hate it.” The. U.S. continues to work with Mexico to stop the increasing flow of illegal immigrants from mainly Central America from crossing into the U.S.
  • Over the past few days, at least 6 migrants have died trying to enter the U.S.
  • Many Central Americans are fleeing worsening economic conditions in their countries and violence.
  • Trump’s critics have said his zero tolerance on immigration is leading migrants to take more drastic, dangerous measures.
  • However, Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer said: “…Come here legally…This is the most wonderful, loving country that has …” but was interrupted by a fellow Fox contributor, Jessica Tarlov.
  • Fleischer added: “Then go to a checkpoint. Don’t swim across a river with a child that can’t swim.”
  • Seeking asylum is legal, and according to the law, “an individual simply needs to be at a port of entry or already within the U.S.”

Reference Links

  • AP: Drowned father, daughter left humble origins in El Salvador READ
  • TIME: How Controversy Over the Photo of a Drowned Migrant Father and Daughter Captured the Profound Cost of the Border Crisis READ
  • The Hill: House holds moment of silence for drowned migrant father and daughter READ

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