The heart-rending photograph of the lifeless bodies of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, of El Salvador, with his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, clinging to his back grabbed our attention and reminded us of the crisis we would prefer to forget.

The unfortunate pair was claimed by the Rio Grande River‘s current when the father tried to swim with his daughter as they sought safety.

Pat Nevada, whose opinions are her own, lives near Gettysburg.

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James Rife

"The unfortunate pair was claimed by the Rio Grande River‘s current when the father tried to swim with his daughter as they sought safety." Well, this is a dishonest column. Turns out that it was entirely the father's fault, who tried to skip the line and get ahead of the other illegal aliens trying to pass through the port of entry. Also, the father's mom was tracked down in Central America and interviewed by the media and she said that there was no gang or violence problem, and that they were trying to sneak across the border to "find a better job." Or in other words, they were illegal economic immigrants. Just google the story, Pat!


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