Father and One-Year-old Daughter Drown Illegally Entering US from Mexico–Liberals, Media Use Graphic Photos to Attack Trump

A father and his 23-months-old daughter from El Salvador drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to illegally enter the United States from Mexico on Sunday as the wife/mother watched helplessly from the Mexico side.

The Associated Press decided to publish a series of graphic photos, originally published by La Jornada, taken Monday by journalist Julia Le Duc as Mexican officials recovered the bodies:

The full series of photos by Julia Le Duc can be seen at this link.

Viewer screen images show MSNBC and CNN aired the photo unblurred.

AP excerpt:

The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl’s head tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.

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, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States.

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, Valeria.

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. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away.

…The search for Martínez and his daughter was suspended Sunday due to darkness, and their bodies were discovered the next morning near Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownsville, Texas, several hundred yards (meters) from where they had tried to cross and just a half-mile (1 kilometer) from an international bridge.

End excerpt. Please read the complete AP report at this link.

And of course liberals and the media pounced.

It is indeed sad and shameful the girl and her father drowned. But the shame is not on President Trump and those who support his efforts to secure the border and reform our immigration laws.

Prayers for the father and daughter, the mother and their family.

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