A recent photo has surfaced of a father and 23-month-old daughter who drowned together while fighting to make it through the Rio Grande River from Mexico to Texas.
However, since Trump has been in office, the death toll for the immigrants crossing the border illegally has tremendously declined. There is little to nothing that we can do to prevent this from happening. The tragedy of border deaths are upsetting and have been happening for several decades. Official data shows that the highest number of border deaths recorded was in 2005 in which the trek claimed 492 lives, seconded in 2012 which Border Patrol recorded 471 deaths. With President Obama, the numbers were between 372 and 382 under the Bush administration. But since Trump has become president, the death toll of migrants at the Southwest border has averaged out to 291. Specialists predict that the mixture of the hot summer and surge in migration will lead to an escalation in migrant deaths this year.
One of the image’s most tearful features is that Valeria’s arm had been around the neck of her father until the very end. The father initially made it to the American side with Valeria and dropped her off there. Before starting to return to the other side to help his wife. Ramirez’s daughter went back into the water following after her father, but as soon as he got to her, the current swept them both away, and they drowned.
The Vatican released a statement from Pope Francis. He was-“profoundly saddened by their death and is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to flee war and misery.”
This disturbance also drew backlash from Democratic presidential candidates prepping for the 2020 election season in which immigration is suspected to be a vital issue.
And the tweets just keep coming.
In another tweet by Beto O’Rourke, claiming that “Trump is responsible for these deaths.”
One tweet made by Sen. Kamala Harris stated–“These families seeking asylum are often fleeing extreme violence and what happens when they arrive? Trump says, ‘Go back to where you came from.’ That is inhumane; Children are dying. This is a stain on our moral conscience.”
Jessica Vaughan is the director of policy studies with the Center for Immigration Studies. She stated that while the photo is “heartbreaking,” both lawmakers and activists need to drive their focus on striving toward decreasing the flow of migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border. One statement she made stated. “Specifically, we need to work with Mexico and the Central American countries; to discourage illegal migration as the Trump administration has done. She added, we also need to negate the judge’s ruling that requires the government to keep releasing anyone who crosses with a child, so that people in their home countries see that this is no longer an option worth risking their lives for.”