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Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, can be seen on Wednesday as she leaves the morgue where the bodies of her husband and 23-month-old daughter were taken after they drowned while crossing the Rio Grande
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The grieving widow whose husband and 23-month-old daughter drowned as they crossed the Rio Grande to the US was seen in the morgue where their bodies were processed.

Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, looked horrified at the coast while Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and baby Valerie were dragged by the current on Sunday.

Their bodies were seen on Wednesday in a hearse outside a morgue in Matamoros (Mexico).

Tania protected her face from photographers when she left the building, presumably after identifying the bodies of her loved ones.

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Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, can be seen on Wednesday as she leaves the morgue where the bodies of her husband and 23-month-old daughter were taken after they drowned while crossing the Rio Grande

Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, can be seen on Wednesday as she leaves the morgue where the bodies of her husband and 23-month-old daughter were taken after they drowned while crossing the Rio Grande

Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 25 and baby Valerie were swept away by the current when they crossed from Matamoros, Mexico, Texas. Their bodies are seen in a hearse in the mortuary

Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 25 and baby Valerie were swept away by the current when they crossed from Matamoros, Mexico, Texas. Their bodies are seen in a hearse in the mortuary

Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 25 and baby Valerie were swept away by the current when they crossed from Matamoros, Mexico, Texas. Their bodies are seen in a hearse in the mortuary

Oscar had put Valeria in his t-shirt to prevent her from drifting away from him. He had dropped her on the American side of the Rio Grande and had returned to get Tania, still on the Mexican side, but Valeria jumped into the water after him and the pair was swept away
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Oscar had put Valeria in his t-shirt to prevent her from drifting away from him. He had dropped her on the American side of the Rio Grande and had returned to get Tania, still on the Mexican side, but Valeria jumped into the water after him and the pair was swept away

Oscar had put Valeria in his t-shirt to prevent her from drifting away from him. He had dropped her on the American side of the Rio Grande and had returned to get Tania, still on the Mexican side, but Valeria jumped into the water after him and the pair was swept away

Oscar and Valerie can be seen together on a photo of family members after their death. & # 39; My son always told me he dreamed that my Valeria would grow up in the United States, away from poverty, & # 39; Oscar's mother, Rosa Ramírez, told Mexican media

Oscar and Valerie can be seen together on a photo of family members after their death. & # 39; My son always told me he dreamed that my Valeria would grow up in the United States, away from poverty, & # 39; Oscar's mother, Rosa Ramírez, told Mexican media

Oscar and Valerie can be seen together on a photo of family members after their death. & # 39; My son always told me he dreamed that my Valeria would grow up in the United States, away from poverty, & # 39; Oscar's mother, Rosa Ramírez, told Mexican media

The family left El Salvador on April 3 and spent two months in a migrant camp in southern Mexico, awaiting news about their asylum application to the US, before deciding to take a bus to the border on Sunday to speed up their case .

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When they arrived, the consulate was closed, but they also learned that they had a list of hundreds of migrants waiting in line for interviews. They decided to make the crossing illegal instead of waiting – a decision that led to their death.

Oscar, 25, carried Valeria across the Matamoros River to the banks of the river in Brownsville, Texas, and had turned to get his wife from the other side.

Valeria jumped back into the water when she saw her father go back inside.

He swam back to her and the pair was swept away by the current as Tania watched helplessly from the other side.

Officials see Oscar's body, covered with a white sheet, rolling out of the mortuary on Wednesday

Officials see Oscar's body, covered with a white sheet, rolling out of the mortuary on Wednesday

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Officials see Oscar's body, covered with a white sheet, rolling out of the mortuary on Wednesday

The bodies of Oscar and Valerie were loaded side by side in a hearse after they had left the mortuary

The bodies of Oscar and Valerie were loaded side by side in a hearse after they had left the mortuary

The bodies of Oscar and Valerie were loaded side by side in a hearse after they had left the mortuary

Journalists armed with cell phones and video cameras registered the removal of the bodies

Journalists armed with cell phones and video cameras registered the removal of the bodies

Journalists armed with cell phones and video cameras registered the removal of the bodies

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A frightening picture of their body, found the next day, showed how Oscar had put his daughter in his t-shirt to try and stop her.

Her small arm was still draped around his neck, an indication of how she had clung to him until the last moments of her life.

Tania saw them being dragged into the water on Sunday and warned the authorities.

Now their family have shared details about why they left El Salvador in April.

Oscar worked in a Papa Johns pizza restaurant, where he earned $ 350 a month.

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They lived off his wages, limiting themselves to $ 10 a day because Tania had already given up her job as a cashier in a Chinese restaurant to take care of Valeria, their only child.

& # 39; My son always told me that he dreamed that my Valeria would grow up in the United States, away from poverty & # 39 ;, Oscar's mother, Rosa Ramírez, told the Mexican newspaper La Jornada.

& # 39; He wanted to buy a home for his family and live a better life. The girl was his world and today the two went to heaven. I have always believed that without the (legal) documents going to the United States, there is a big risk that it is not worth it.

Today this happened to my boy and my granddaughter, tomorrow we don't know who else will suffer. Moreover, they do not want undocumented migrants in the United States. & # 39;

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The family arrived in Matamoros on Sunday after boarding a bus in southern Mexico. They went straight to the International Bridge and tried to get an appointment to discuss their asylum case, but it was closed and they learned that there were hundreds of people in front of them, so they tried to cross themselves and were wiped out

FAMILY JOINT MOVEMENTS

April 3rd: Family leaves Altavista, El Salvador for Mexico

They spend two months in a migrant camp with humanitarian visas and then decide to find their way to the border.

June 23: The family arrives at the border by bus and goes to the international bridge hoping for an appointment but finds the consulate closed

Oscar decides to try to cross the Rio Grande. He successfully takes over Valeria, but drowns while she tries to save her after she jumps after him while he swam back to get his wife.

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11:00 AM: Search for their body is suspended in the darkness

24th of June: Bodies are found downstream in the river

The family lived with her mother in a residential complex in Altavista.

They were not fleeing violence, Tania & # 39; s mother said since then, but were desperately looking for a life in which they could earn more.

Their plan was to spend a few years in America to save enough money to eventually return to El Salvador and buy or build their own house.

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& # 39; I begged them not to go, but he wanted to scrape money to build a house.

& # 39; They hoped to be there for a few years and save for the house & # 39 ;, Rosa Ramirez, Oscar's mother, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Determined to eventually come to the US, they left El Salvador for Mexico on April 3.

There they received a humanitarian visa in Tapachula, which allowed them to work there for a year while waiting for news about their asylum application in the US.

After two months in southern Mexico, with no prospect of legal entry from the US, the family decided to head to the border to bring their case forward.

Valeria was safely taken to the US side of the river, but when she saw her father come back into the water, she jumped after him.
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Valeria was safely taken to the US side of the river, but when she saw her father come back into the water, she jumped after him.

Valeria was safely taken to the US side of the river, but when she saw her father come back into the water, she jumped after him.

Oscar & # 39; s mother revealed that the young family's dream was to make enough money in America to return to El Salvador and build or buy their own house

Oscar & # 39; s mother revealed that the young family's dream was to make enough money in America to return to El Salvador and build or buy their own house

The family lived in El Salvador on Oscar & # 39; s wage of $ 350 a month, but was struggling

The family lived in El Salvador on Oscar & # 39; s wage of $ 350 a month, but was struggling

Valeria & # 39; s mother Tania Vanessa Ávalos, 21, left, had quit her job in a Chinese restaurant to take care of her full time

The poignant photos of their bodies, with Valeria's arm still around her father's neck, emerged Monday as a symbol of the worsening migrant crisis at the border

The poignant photos of their bodies, with Valeria's arm still around her father's neck, emerged Monday as a symbol of the worsening migrant crisis at the border

The poignant photos of their bodies, with Valeria's arm still around her father's neck, emerged Monday as a symbol of the worsening migrant crisis at the border

Tania Vanessa à valos from El Salvador speaks with the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by the current while trying to cross the Rio Grande to Brownsville

Tania Vanessa à valos from El Salvador speaks with the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by the current while trying to cross the Rio Grande to Brownsville

Tania Vanessa Ávalos from El Salvador speaks to the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by the current while trying to cross the Rio Grande to Brownsville

Tania Vanessa Ávalos (center) is assisted by the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by a strong current

Tania Vanessa Ávalos (center) is assisted by the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by a strong current

Tania Vanessa Ávalos (center) is assisted by the Mexican authorities after her husband and daughter were swept away by a strong current

Oscar & # 39; s mother revealed that the young family's dream was to make enough money in America to return to El Salvador and build or buy their own house

Oscar & # 39; s mother revealed that the young family's dream was to make enough money in America to return to El Salvador and build or buy their own house

Oscar & # 39; s mother revealed that the young family's dream was to make enough money in America to return to El Salvador and build or buy their own house

The corpses will be removed from the Rio Grande on Monday

The corpses will be removed from the Rio Grande on Monday

The corpses will be removed from the Rio Grande on Monday

According to Oscar & # 39; s parents, who were in constant contact with them when they were in Mexico, someone told him that & # 39; easy & # 39; would be to cross illegally if you had to.

They boarded a bus to Matamoros and came directly to the International Bridge on Sunday to try to plead their case, but they were discouraged when they arrived to find the office closed because it was a weekend.

They were also told that they probably had to wait weeks or even months for their appointment because so many other families were standing in front of them.

According to Julia Le Duc, the journalist who photographed their bodies, 300 people are waiting for asylum-related interviews and only three slots a week.

Desperately, they decided to cross themselves and find their way to the bank of the river.

Before their death, Oscar sent his mother a final text message. It said: & # 39; Mama, I love you. We are doing well, taking care of yourself. & # 39;

She has since described him as a & # 39; polite & # 39 ;.

His parents want their death to serve as a lesson for anyone considering crossing the border.

Mourning: Oscar Ramirez's mother, Rosa, cries while holding up dolls with which Valeria played. She said she begged them not to try the crossing, but that they were determined to live up to the American dream

Mourning: Oscar Ramirez's mother, Rosa, cries while holding up dolls with which Valeria played. She said she begged them not to try the crossing, but that they were determined to live up to the American dream

Mourning: Oscar Ramirez's mother, Rosa, cries while holding up dolls with which Valeria played. She said she begged them not to try the crossing, but that they were determined to live up to the American dream

& # 39; I hope this is a lesson for everyone that crossing is easy.

& # 39; It is not. It risks your life, & she said to the local media La Prensa.

Le Duc, prescribes The Guardian, described how news about their deaths arrived at the border on Sunday.

& # 39; There was an emergency call about a woman walking desperately along the river. We heard the report and went to the river where she screamed and screamed that the current had taken her daughter.

I beg you, all families, parents, don't risk it. Life is worth much more

Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill

& # 39; Later we discovered that her name was Vanessa Ávalos. We could hear her say that they had been in Mexico for two months and wanted to apply for asylum in the US.

& # 39; She said they had been to Tapachula in southern Mexico and had applied for a humanitarian visa (allowing them to stay and work in Mexico for a year) but they wanted the American dream – so they took a bus to up to the border, & she said.

Scraping photos of the scene show that Tania desperately points to the water where her husband and daughter were wiped out.

The Mexican police took a boat to find them, but they stopped the search on Sunday evening.

On Monday morning their bodies were found downstream 500 meters.

& # 39; I have been a police reporter for many years and I have seen many bodies – and many drownings. The Rio Bravo is a very strong river: you think it is only superficial, but there are many currents and hot tubs.

& # 39; You are numbed by it, but when you see something like that, it becomes sensitive again.

& # 39; You could see the father had put her in his T-shirt so that the current would not pull her away.

DEMOCRATES BLAME TRUMP FOR DEATH OF MIGRANTS

Beto O & # 39; Rourke tweeted on Tuesday evening: & # 39; Trump is responsible for these deaths. & # 39;

& # 39; Because his government refuses to follow our laws – and to prevent refugees from presenting for asylum in our ports of call – they cause families to cross between ports and cause more suffering and death. At the expense of our humanity, not in the interest of our safety, & he said.

Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump

Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump

Booker says this happened because of the & # 39; inhumane & # 39; immigration policy of Trump

It comes on Wednesday night's first presidential candidate debates.

Immigration is expected to play a key role during the debates.

O & # 39; Rourke was already scheduled for Thursday to Homestead, Fla. To travel to meet activists leading the opposition to the child migration detention center where thousands of teenagers are being held.

And Elizabeth Warren announced Tuesday evening that she too will be going to Homestead. Her visit comes before the debate on Wednesday.

& # 39; I'm going to Homestead tomorrow, come with me, & # 39; Warren said to the crowd on Tuesday in her town hall in Miami.

& # 39; A government that cannot see the difference between a threat from a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl is not a government that keeps us safe, & # 39; Warren told the crowd.

& # 39; He died trying to save his daughter's life, & # 39; she said.

The government of El Salvador has agreed to repatriation costs to bring the bodies back home.

The photo prompted the Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill to make a desperate plea to other families considering the trip.

& # 39; Our country is in mourning again. I beg you, all families, parents, don't risk it. & # 39; Life is worth much more & # 39 ;, she said at a press conference on Monday.

Politicians have suspended the blame for their death on President Trump and the way his government is tackling the crisis.

Beto O & # 39; Rourke tweeted on Tuesday evening: & # 39; Trump is responsible for these deaths. & # 39;

& # 39; Because his government refuses to follow our laws – and to prevent refugees from presenting for asylum in our ports of call – they cause families to cross between ports and cause more suffering and death.

& # 39; At the expense of our humanity, not in the interest of our safety, & # 39; he said.

It comes on Wednesday night's first presidential candidate debates.

Immigration is expected to play a key role during the debates.

O & # 39; Rourke was already scheduled for Thursday to Homestead, Fla. To travel to meet activists leading the opposition to the child migration detention center where thousands of teenagers are being held.

And Elizabeth Warren announced Tuesday evening that she too will be going to Homestead. Her visit comes before the debate on Wednesday.

& # 39; I'm going to Homestead tomorrow, come with me, & # 39; Warren said to the crowd on Tuesday in her town hall in Miami.

& # 39; A government that cannot see the difference between a threat from a terrorist, a criminal, and a little girl is not a government that keeps us safe, & # 39; Warren told the crowd.

The incoming head of Customs and Border Patrol Max Morgan denied that there was a & # 39; systemic & # 39; problem was with border detention centers.

& # 39; Are there problems that we can improve and improve? Absolutely.

& # 39; That is why I welcome the (Inspector General). I welcome non-governmental organizations to come in and make a check and balance.

"We must always try to get better, but to say that it is a systemic, flagrant problem is simply not true and the facts do not support that," he said. CBS on Tuesday.

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