Guatemalan mother begs armed soldier to have her cross over to the US

Heartbreaking photos have emerged that show the moment a Guatemalan mother begged a soldier to let her cross the border into the US.

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Lety Perez squatted and covered her face with a clenched hand as she cried and held her six-year-old Anthony on Monday after being blocked by the Mexican National Guard to cross the United States.

The woman had repeatedly begged the soldier to have them cross over to the US after traveling about 1500 km from their home country of Guatemala to the border town of Ciudad Juarez.

Images of the situation of mother and son were made at the border by a Reuters photographer and are now widely shared on social media.

Lety Perez squatted and covered her face with a clenched hand as she cried and held her six-year-old Anthony on Monday after being blocked by the Mexican National Guard to cross the United States.

Lety Perez squatted and covered her face with a clenched hand as she cried and held her six-year-old Anthony on Monday after being blocked by the Mexican National Guard to cross the United States.

It has put the spotlight on the role of Mexico & # 39; s militarized national guard in the fight against migration, mostly from Central America.

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The photographer, Jose Luis Gonzalez, said the woman begged and begged the soldier & # 39; because she wanted to give her young son & # 39; a better future & # 39 ;.

The soldier, dressed in desert fatigue and hurling an assault rifle over his shoulder, said he was only following orders, according to the photographer.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador founded the National Guard to bring down record numbers of murders, but nearly a third of its members are now assigned to patrol the border to appease President Donald Trump's demands to keep the flow of US-bound arrange for migrants.

The soldier showed no overt aggression during the nine-minute meeting with Perez and her son. Yet the power dynamics in the image resonated with criticism of the treatment that migrants receive during the suppression by Mexico.

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who retweeted the photo after it was posted by the former Mexican ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan, wrote: “What a pity, Mexico should never have accepted this & # 39 ;.

The woman had repeatedly begged the soldier to have them cross over to the US after a journey of about 1500 miles from their homeland of Guatemala to the border town of Ciudad Juarez

The woman had repeatedly begged the soldier to have them cross over to the US after a journey of about 1500 miles from their homeland of Guatemala to the border town of Ciudad Juarez

The woman had repeatedly begged the soldier to have them cross over to the US after a journey of about 1500 miles from their homeland of Guatemala to the border town of Ciudad Juarez

Images of the situation of mother and son were made at the border by a Reuters photographer and are now widely shared on social media
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Images of the situation of mother and son were made at the border by a Reuters photographer and are now widely shared on social media

Images of the situation of mother and son were made at the border by a Reuters photographer and are now widely shared on social media

The photographer said the woman implored & pleaded & # 39; with the soldier because she wanted to give her young son & # 39; a better future & # 39;

The photographer said the woman implored & pleaded & # 39; with the soldier because she wanted to give her young son & # 39; a better future & # 39;

The photographer said the woman implored & pleaded & # 39; with the soldier because she wanted to give her young son & # 39; a better future & # 39;

The National Guard and the Lopez Obrador office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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In June, Lopez Obrador said the National Guard had no orders to detain migrants crossing the American border. He regularly emphasizes that the commitment must not infringe rights.

Migrants' fears on the southern US border dropped by about a third to about 100,000 people in June, according to US data, after Mexico deployed around 21,000 national guard troops, mostly from the military, at the borders.

Trump said on Wednesday that Mexico & # 39; probably more & # 39; bring troops to its American border. The Foreign Ministry of Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The troops of the National Guard in Ciudad Juarez, including the soldier in the photo, are equipped with ballistic helmets, bulletproof vests and guns. They can be recognized by small bracelets adorned with the letters GN, for the Spanish words for & # 39; National Guard & # 39 ;.

Gonzalez said he made his daily round along the dry riverbed of the Rio Grande that separates his native Ciudad Juarez from El Paso, Texas, when the guards arrested a handful of migrants, including the mother and zoonduo, on a dusty, dirt road on the river.

The mother and son duo were arrested by the Mexican National Guard soldiers on a dusty, unpaved road overlooking the river that separates Ciudad Juarez from El Paso, Texas
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The mother and son duo were arrested by the Mexican National Guard soldiers on a dusty, unpaved road overlooking the river that separates Ciudad Juarez from El Paso, Texas

The mother and son duo were arrested by the Mexican National Guard soldiers on a dusty, unpaved road overlooking the river that separates Ciudad Juarez from El Paso, Texas

The soldier, dressed in desert fatigue and hurling an assault rifle over his shoulder, said he was only following orders

The soldier, dressed in desert fatigue and hurling an assault rifle over his shoulder, said he was only following orders

The soldier, dressed in desert fatigue and hurling an assault rifle over his shoulder, said he was only following orders

The images have drawn attention to the role that the militarized national guard police of Mexico play in curbing migration

The images have drawn attention to the role that the militarized national guard police of Mexico play in curbing migration

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The images have drawn attention to the role that the militarized national guard police of Mexico play in curbing migration

That is where she made her tearing plea.

& # 39; Her face, which is a small reflection of the suffering of all migrants, & # 39; said Gonzalez.

& # 39; Many people assess migrants, ask why they do not stay in their country, why do they come here or why do they go to the United States … Every migrant has a story. & # 39;

Perez suddenly seized the opportunity as the soldier, ready for battle, looked away and jumped into the bushes that grew on the banks of the river and dragged her son with him.

They ran quickly across the river and outside the jurisdiction of the guards where US customs and border protection agents took them into custody.

In response to a request for information, a spokesperson said that US customs and border protection did not have the resources to track the current whereabouts of Perez and her son.

Depending on the details of the case, the two would typically be processed at a Border Patrol station and then handed over to immigration and customs, or placed in a program that sends some migrants back to Mexico to complete the hearings of the US judge. wait, said the spokesperson, who asked not to be mentioned.

When the militant soldier happened to look away, Perez ran with her son through bushes from the guards' jurisdiction. They were immediately taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection

When the militant soldier happened to look away, Perez ran with her son through bushes from the guards' jurisdiction. They were immediately taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection

When the militant soldier happened to look away, Perez ran with her son through bushes from the guards' jurisdiction. They were immediately taken into custody by US Customs and Border Protection

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