Led by Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX), Democrats held a moment of silence on the House floor Thursday afternoon as the chamber was set to take a vote on an emergency border crisis funding bill previously passed by the Senate.
Escobar spoke movingly, at times tearfully, about the photo taken this week of a young girl and her father from El Salvador who were found drowned together on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande after a failed effort to sneak in to the U.S.
Escobar said tens of thousands of migrants have died trying to enter the U.S. because they are “demonized and locked out”.
Texas @RepEscobar, referencing the photo of drowned migrants along a stretch of the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas, leads the House in a moment of silence for those who have died traveling to the U.S.
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— CSPAN (@cspan) June 27, 2019
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-TX) led the House in a moment of silence for migrants who have died crossing into US including Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria who drowned in the Rio Grande. pic.twitter.com/hxfI3vhBoW
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) June 27, 2019
Today I ask that we take a moment of silence for the migrants who have died as they have tried to reach the shores of the America that they dream of.
The photograph that all of us saw this week should tear all of us up. For those of us who are parents, to see a toddler with her little arms wrapped around the neck of her father, there is nothing that we wouldn’t do for our children, nothing, to give them a better life.
Oscar and Valeria represent tens of thousands of migrants who have died as they have tried to build a better life for themselves, only to find that they are demonized and locked out of the promise that those of us who are natural born citizens are so fortunate to enjoy.
In their name, let us never forget their sacrifice and the sacrifice that so many parents make for the most vulnerable among us.