scar and Valeria, the trip of two Salvadorans who stayed at the doors of the American dream

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They had a transit permit in Mexico and had registered on the waiting list to apply for asylum in the United States. However, impatience comes from them


The bodies of the two Salvadorean migrants who died in Ro Bravo
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The death of Salvadorean Scar Martnez and his daughter Valeria in the river Bravo has gone around the world represented in a photo. Its tragedy has once again revealed the serious dangers faced by migrants who seek to achieve, by whatever means, the American dream. The usual threats (extortion, kidnapping, inanicin or dehydration) are now added to others, such as the desperate slowness of the asylum processes, the large military deployment or the overcrowding of shelters. In the case of the Salvadoran family, several ingredients were brought together that pushed them to make a risky decision that ended in tragedy.

Until their arrival in Matamoros, and as confirmed by the Mexican authorities, they had complied with all the legal requirements. They had a transit permit in Mexico and had registered on the waiting list to apply for asylum in the United States. However, on that list there were more than 2,000 registered migrants and the authorities only serve an average of three people a day. The impatience then falls on the young Salvadorean couple who, faced with the possibility of having to wait for an eternal process in a saturated shelter and where temperatures of up to 45 degrees are recorded, decided to swim across the river Bravo. As his family confessed to a Salvadoran media, "they planned to surrender to the US authorities immediately after crossing the river."

El Salvador to pay for repatriation

The bodies of Scar and Valeria are now in the Matamoros morgue while the Salvadoran authorities manage their repatriation. Meanwhile, the mother, Tania, recovers from what happened in the Casa del Migrante of the same city "in the company of a cousin", as confirmed by the newspaper 'Animal PolĂ­tico'. Another relative of Tania, Enrique Gmez, denounced from Twitter that the repatriation costs could amount to 8,000 dollars and that, without help, they could not get it. Salvadoran Foreign Minister Alexandra Hill confirmed in a press conference that: "President Nayib Bukele has personally commissioned me to step by step supporting these families who lost their loved ones due to the drama of irregular migration," adding that The Executive: "Assume all the costs to give them the best service". In spite of having already financed, the repatriation process is long, and you can keep Tania in Matamoros for at least 15 days, but it could even be up to 1 month.

The striking image of scar and Valeria, lying face down on the bank of the river Bravo, allowed to publicize their case, although there are many more stories that, without images, names or surnames, continue to swell the list of those who die at the doors of the United States. In the last hours, the authorities of Texas have confirmed the death of seven other migrants, four of them (a woman, a child and two babies) died dehydrated at 29 kilometers from the Texan city of McAllen. In the same week, the border agents located three other bodies: two abandoned on a ranch near Carrizo Springs and another, in an advanced state of decomposition, along the banks of the river Bravo as it passed through Normandy.

The list could have been longer if not for the quick action of US agents. According to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, on Tuesday, two soldiers of the Mobile Vigilance Team rescued a Guatemalan woman and her son from Rio Bravo when they were about to drown. "One soldier jumped into the water to rescue the woman and her son, while the other used his shirt as a lifeline until Border Patrol agents arrived and threw a rescue line at them." Soldiers and agents saved the couple and no injuries were reported, "they say in a statement.

The figures of undocumented immigrants arrested last May at this border point recorded their highest point since 2006.. Most of them (60%) were families or children traveling alone. However, migratory pressure is not exclusive to the northern border; In Tapachula, next to the border with Guatemala, the images of a migrant detention center have once again shown the harsh conditions faced by Central Americans. The saturation of the shelters has forced to create improvised spaces where to attend, and retain, the migrants. In one of them is the Haitian Fabiola, who denounces, according to has been able to register 'El Universal', that her son of one and a half years old is ill and does not have medicines to take care of him. Lying next to the hostel door, crying inconsolably, Fabiola shouts: "Aydame, my son is sick!".

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