Likely no one has not yet seen the harrowing photograph plastering the news headlines and social media of a man and his toddler daughter, dead and face down in a river at the U.S., Mexico border.
Not surprisingly, liberals and open border advocates have grabbed at the opportunity to use this photo to say Trump is mishandling the border crisis. Dailywire.com lends an alternative view: the image proves why we need a wall.
The captions, name-calling, and finger-pointing have been aggressive and a liberal’s dream for exploitation. One progressive group captioned the photo with “This message brought to you by the Republican Party.”
However, reports by Daily Mail and New York Magazine reveal “this calamity was not at all brought on by strict immigration enforcement. The opposite is the case.”
First, to give the victims the humanity they deserve instead of just being used for an agenda, Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his daughter Valeria were drowned in the Rio Grande river on Sunday as they tried to cross it into Texas. Dailywire.com says “Oscar made it safely across with Valeria, but tragedy struck when she followed him back into the river as he went back to get his wife. He tried to save his daughter but they both drowned in the process.”
The Daily Mail details the circumstances:
They left El Salvador on April 3 and spent two months in a migrant camp in southern Mexico, awaiting news of their asylum request to the US, before they decided to take a bus to the border on Sunday to try to speed up their case.
When they arrived, the consulate was closed but they also learned they were far down a list of hundreds of migrants in line for interviews. They decided to make the crossing illegally rather than wait – a decision that led to their deaths.
“This was not a family turned coldly away as it fled violence and oppression. They were not turned away at all. They simply grew impatient waiting for the bureaucratic wheels to turn. Indeed, family members confirm that the family was not being persecuted in its home country” explains Daily Mail. In his home town, Oscar worked at a Papa Johns pizza restaurant.
He was reportedly earning $350 a month, which might explain why their asylum request was taking so long to process. “Ramirez and his family were looking for asylum from low-paying fast-food jobs, which isn’t how the asylum program is traditionally meant to be used.”
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website, “asylum” is defined this way: “Refugee status or asylum may be granted to people who have been persecuted or fear they will be persecuted on account of race, religion, nationality, and/or membership in a particular social group or politician opinion.”
How does this lead to the conclusion that the wall is the best answer? It’s simple. “It seems there are two systematic problems we can blame. First, abuses of the asylum system have been tolerated for so long that people who shouldn’t qualify for asylum still expect to receive it…Second, our border is porous, and everyone knows it. Ramirez knew that if he could just make it across the river, he’d probably be home free” Dailywire explains.
While no one blames Ramirez for wanting a better life, if he “knew that he couldn’t get here by erroneously seeking asylum or by sneaking across, maybe he would have tried to apply for citizenship through the standard channels.” Unfortunately, Ramirez chose to roll the dice on the lack of border structure, i.e. a wall and put his family in harm’s way.