Salvadoran President Says His Country, Not United States, Is To Blame For Migrants' Deaths In Shocking Photo

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Posted: Jul 01, 2019 1:30 PM
Salvadoran President Says His Country, Not United States, Is To Blame For Migrants' Deaths In Shocking Photo

Source: AP Photo/Christian Torrez

Fox News reports that the president of El Salvador says that it is his country that is to blame for the now infamous death of the migrant father and daughter who died in June while attempting to illegally cross the Rio Grande river from Mexico into the United States. 

President Nayib Bukele made the comments in a BBC interview released Monday saying, "People don’t flee their homes because they want to, people flee their homes because they feel they have to. Why? Because they don’t have a job, because they are being threatened by gangs, because they don’t have basic things like water, education, health."

"We can blame any other country but what about our blame? What country did they flee? Did they flee the United States? They fled El Salvador, they fled our country. It is our fault," President Bukele continued. 

The photo has shocked America and the world, but those closest to the family say it should ultimately serve as a warning for all. Alex reported on Friday, "the mother of the man in the photo" recently expressed "her profound grief clearly visible as she spoke about her son Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and her granddaughter Valeria" in an interview also for the BBC. 

"Well, my message would be, don’t try this. I know that in this country everything is very difficult, but our lives are more valuable," the grandmother told the media.