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Deaths in Rio Grande: Tragic photo shows a migrant father and a toddler who died trying to cross



A tragic image of the southern border shows the cruel reality of many Central American migrants embarking on the dangerous journey.

The picture shows a young father and his daughter who died trying to cross the Rio Grande in South Texas. They were found in shallow water, a few hundred meters from the point where they tried to cross. The girl is still clinging to her father's neck. This is due to the outrage that US officials have returned more than 1

00 migrant children to an institution where they reportedly lived in inhumane conditions.

The father, Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, had traveled with his family from El Salvador to apply for asylum in the United States. On Sunday, Martinez Frau said the family had decided to cross the Rio Grande.

  SUPPLEMENT Deaths of US frontier migrants in Mexico
The bodies of a Salvadoran migrant and his nearly 2-year-old daughter

Julia Le Duc / AP


She said her husband and daughter made it on the first try. But as he tried to return to his wife, the toddler tried to follow and fell into the water. She said Martinez had packed the toddler, but the two had been swept away by the current and did not come out.

The tragic story comes as CBS News learns more about the migrant children being held in border camps. One hundred children were returned to a Texas facility yesterday after more than 300 had been removed from reports that they lived in terrible conditions.

According to Customs and Border Protection, fewer than 1,000 unaccompanied children are in custody and are reusing the facility to facilitate the transfer of migrant children to the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Lawyers who had inspected this facility last week said they found hungry children and had no regular access to soap and showers. Many slept on concrete floors, they added.

A CBP official told reporters yesterday, "Personally, I do not believe these allegations."

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