A searing photo of a man and his 23-month-old daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande underscores the perils of the migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.
No words for this photo
“Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.”
Trump is responsible for these deaths.
He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away.
Mr. Trump — I can’t look at this picture and call you Mr. President — this is on you. May it be seared into your pathetic memory until your dying day
New: Father and daughter who drowned went to U.S. consulate to claim asylum. Apparently unable to do so, likely thanks to "metering" policy, they tried to cross the river.
In 2015, an awful photo of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy galvanized countries to address Europe's refugee crisis. I wonder if this image will have a similar effect.
“According to Le Duc’s reporting for La Jornada, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter...”
I cannot look at this picture without feeling like I'm going to cry. As tragic as it is, I can only hope that, like the picture of the young Syrian boy on the beach a few years ago, it moves people to overcome insensitivity to statistics of mass suffering
Listening just now to Trump’s bombastic answer when asked how seeing this tragic picture made him feel, I realized fully that this man is the walking dead. He truly has no soul. What have we done? Can we ever be forgiven for “electing” him?
"The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande... Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments."
Nick’s photo made people stop and ask a simple question: What are we doing? I hope Le Duc’s photo from Monday makes us ask the same. That will only happen if we face it. 10/
Such a horrifying, profoundly sad image, capturing the human suffering that routinely gets lost in these policy debates. Images can have such a stronger impact than words. Perhaps this one will too.
“He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters.”
Absolutely heartbreaking. Families are fleeing desperate conditions to find refuge, only for the doors to be shut in their face. We need a more sensible, compassionate immigration system that doesn’t criminalize desperation.
This haunting image breaks my heart: a father risked everything to give his 23-month-old daughter what we all wish for our children, a better life. We will never stop fighting for immigrants. This Admin's vicious attacks on asylum seekers needs to end now.
This cannot stand.
“He set his [23-month-old daughter] on the U.S. bank of the river & started back for his wife...but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters.” The father returned & grabbed the child, but “the current swept them both away.”
I am really, really, really afraid of what people will ignore if they are willing to ignore this.
The politics of luring migrants to America — on a perilous journey guided by murderous thugs and cartel rapists must end. The Media and Democrats are accomplices in these deaths. 'Close the Border so we can Close the Camps.'
"Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments." Unable to present themselves to request asylum, a family tried to swim across the Rio Grande, but the father & 23-month-old daughter drowned. (graphic content warning)
Trump responds to images and visual cues. At the time, his aides said the gruesome photos of gassed Syrian children persuaded him to launch Tomahawk strikes against Assad. () Will be interesting to see if this photo moves him.
"As there is more rejection in the United States, there are people who lose their lives." This photo defines the Trump presidency.
Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants' perils: The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada
This is the photo and this is the poem I have read this poem probably 200 times. Every single time it rips my heart out.
“Very regrettable that this would happen,” Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday. “We have always denounced that as there is more rejection in the US, there are people who lose their lives in the desert or crossing the river."
Until the United States addresses the poverty and human rights abuses in the neighboring nations from which these people are fleeing, refugees will be forced to make dangerous decisions like this. This IS our responsibility.
YOU SHOULD NOT BRING CHILDREN TO ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS CONTROLLED BY CRIME CARTELS! Somehow the death of this child is NOT the fault of the father, but of the US taxpayer. A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants
The image is horrifying. The account is worse. We are monsters.
Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants' perils This picture... devastating.
The policy of metering at ports of entry is directly contributing to the conditions that lead to this
These deaths are what a broken immigration system is all about. Instead of demonizing immigrants, Trump should be meeting with Central American leaders to find ways to end the horrific violence and poverty that are forcing people to flee their homelands.
These two are dead because Trump is refusing to let people cross legally at ports on entry. This stain will not be erased.
This hits hard. Any man would do anything to seek asylum for their family. My paternal line sought asylum when they fled the Armenian Genocide. Thank God America treated them differently. Yet these asylum-seekers are no different from them.
"A total of 283 migrant deaths were recorded last year; the toll so far this year has not been released."
The man and his nearly 2 year-old daughter lay face down in water with the girl tucked inside his shirt, clinging to him in their final moments. From the ethical standpoint, it's not the image that's shocking, but the reaction to it (or the lack thereof).
Let's have a well-regulated border where people are free to enter, with proper ID and a warrant check. So people can come to work, pay taxes, and support their families. Less drowning and dying, more safety and security.
Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants' perils
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Father-daughter border drowning highlights migrants' perils