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Can this photo of a man and his 23-month-old daughter floating dead in the Rio Grande change the immigration debate?

Posted by George Freund on June 29, 2019 at 12:05 AM

The bodies of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter Valeria lie on the bank of the Rio Grande in Matamoros, Mexico, Monday, June 24, 2019, after they drowned trying to cross the river to Brownsville, Texas. Martinez's wife, Tania told Mexican authorities she watched her husband and child disappear in the strong current. This photograph was first published in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

A photo showing a 25-year-old Salvadoran father and his 23-month-old daughter lying dead, face down in muddy water along the banks of the Rio Grande has revived concern about the dangers migrants face.

SALT LAKE CITY — A photo showing a Salvadoran father and his 23-month-old daughter lying dead, face down in murky water along the banks of the Rio Grande, has revived concern about the dangers immigrants face.

The photo has been widely shared on social media. Everyone from U.S. presidential candidates to Pope Francis has expressed sorrow over the tragic story the photo tells. But will this moment of grief be enough to change the immigration debate?

“Will it change anything? It should,” journalist Julia Le Duc, who took the photo, told The Guardian. “These families have nothing, and they are risking everything for a better life. If scenes like this don’t make us think again — if they don’t move our decision-makers — then our society is in a bad way.”

But Andrew Arthur, a resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington, D.C., said the photo is more likely to reaffirm what people think about the immigration debate already, regardless of their point of view.

"For many Democrats, this is proof that our border policy is heartless and needs to be reformed. For conservatives, this underscores that this is a perilous journey and parents are subjecting children to serious dangers when they try and take them to the United States," said Arthur. He said policies like the Flores Settlement Agreement actually encourage parents to put their children in danger. According to that policy, migrant children who enter the United States, even when accompanied by parents, must be released from immigration detention within 20 days. Arthur says many families find ways to stay in the U.S. without documentation upon their release.

"It's heartbreaking and it should be heartbreaking. Again, both sides are pointing fingers at the other one saying, this is the result you wanted," said Arthur.


There is a strong likelihood that this is a staged propaganda photograph. The primary feature is that there should be cyanosis (turning blue) as the tissues are deprived of oxygen. These types of photos have the victims facing down for a host of reasons making identification impossible, but hiding the tell tale sign of drowning frothing at the mouth. The power of the propaganda photograph can starts wars and destroy leaders in a moment. That's why they're used. They are the most effective. 



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