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  • Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele says he will pay all expenses for the repatriation of the young man and his daughter who drown in the Rio Bravo June 23

    Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele says he will pay all expenses for the repatriation of the young man and his daughter who drown in the Rio Bravo June 23 | Photo: Reuters

Published 25 June 2019

The death occured in the context of a new upsurge in the Mexican border surveillance, and Bukele promises he will pay for the repatriation of the two bodies.

The President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele, says he will pay all the expenses for the repatriation of the young man and his daughter who tragically drown June 23, trying to cross the Rio Bravo to enter the United States from Mexico. 

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Bukele also said Monday that he will also help their family.

"We will build a country where these things will not happen anymore. We will build a country where migrating will be an option and not an obligation,” said the head of state over his Twitter account.

"No Salvadoran should have to leave his country because of the lack of opportunities,” he added.

A Salvadoran father and his under 2-year-old daughter lost their lives Sunday trying to cross the Rio Bravo near Matamoros in the state of Tamaulipas near the U.S.-Mexico border, local and regional media reported Tuesday. 

Tania Avalos, the wife of Oscar Martinez and mother of Valeria, said the current of river dragged her daughter and her husband tried to save her. A few minutes later, however, both disappeared down the river.

"When he managed to hold his child, he put her into his shirt, but his attempts were in vain since the current dragged them and plunged them into the river," local media reported.

The marriage of migrants had arrived in Matamoros to ask for political asylum in the U.S. However, due to the slowness of the procedures, they decided to cross the Rio Grande river.

Their dead bodies were located Monday on the Mexican side of the river banks, a few kilometers away from the international bridge to Brownsville, Texas.

Thousands of Central American migrants have entered Mexico since October as part of several migrant caravans across the southern border. Given the increase in the number of asylum seekers arriving in the United States, President Donald Trump threatened on May 30 imposing tariffs on all Mexican imports.

A week later, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the deployment of 6,000 National Guard troops to the Guatemalan border. In return, the U.S. withdrew its economic threats, provisionally.

The AMLO's administration announced Monday the deployment of another 15,000 troops on the northern and southern borders of Mexico.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) reported over the weekend that it also found a woman, a child and two babies dead in the outskirts of Mission city, Texas. These migrants, who came from Guatemala, died in a desert area where temperatures exceed 40 degrees.​​​​​​ Celsius.

Meanwhile, CBP Acting Commissioner John Sanders announced his resignation Tuesday in the midst of a controversy unleashed by the conditions of Central American minors who remained detained at a center in Texas.

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