Unhappy at how long the wait for asylum applications are, Óscar Ramírez decided to try and swim across the Rio Grande in order to reach U.S. soil. Refusing to leave her behind, he also brought his 23-month-old daughter, as the whole point of his trip was to provide a better life for his family. But crossing the river is a treacherous endeavor, even for healthy adults, let alone a child.
In one of the most haunting pictures captured in recent memory, the outcome of the attempt was nothing short of tragedy. Óscar first brought his daughter across, setting her down, while he returned for his wife. Unfortunately, seeing her father leave was too much to handle and Valeria jumped in the water after him. He rushed back for her, successfully grabbing her, but the current was too strong. Both Óscar and Valeria drowned trying to get across the Rio Grande, victims of a clogged immigration system which shows no signs of speeding up