Salvadorans react after deceased migrant father, child buried | AFP

Salvadorans react after drowned Salvadoran migrants Oscar Martinez and his daughter Valeria Martinez Avalos were buried in El Salvador. Their bodies were repatriated from Mexico after they drowned in the Rio Grande in an attempt to enter the United States.

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Relatives, friends hold funeral for drowned Salvadorian migrants | AFP

Relatives and friends in El Salvador take part in a funeral procession as they pay their last respects to drowned migrants Oscar Alberto Martinez, wand his 23-month-old daughter Valeria who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande into the United States. IMAGES

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Two-year-old child and father drown at Mexico-US border river | AFP

A 25-year old Salvadoran and his young daughter are found dead in the Rio Grande, Mexico. They were trying to cross the border to the US.

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Senator hopes photo of migrant deaths spurs action

The top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee said he hoped an AP photo showing a migrant father and his infant daughter drowned in the Rio Grande river would spur Congress to act on illegal immigration. (June 26)

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GRAPHIC Migrant father, child drown in Rio Grande

Searing images show a man and his 23-month-old daughter face down in shallow water on the Mexico bank of the Rio Grande, highlighting the perils of the latest migration crisis. (June 25)

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Migrants at the Border Feel They Have No Choice But to Enter the U.S. Illegally (HBO)

EL PASO, Texas — In the two hours before sunset on a recent afternoon, Border Patrol agents working the line between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso saw more than 100 migrants step over the Rio Grande and into the United States.

They were nearly all families traveling together from Central America seeking asylum, and they crossed in groups ranging from six people to 40. When they spotted Border Patrol vehicles, they calmly walked over to turn themselves in — the first step to requesting asylum for those who enter the country illegally.

Carlos, a migrant from Honduras who crossed the border carrying a pale and coughing toddler, said he had initially planned to cross legally through an official port of entry. But out of the tens of thousands of people waiting, the U.S. allows in only a small percentage of asylum seekers on any given day.

“The truth is that my son couldn’t wait,” said Carlos. “He is very sick.”

The number of people found crossing the border illegally has shot up dramatically since the beginning of the year. In April, according to data released last week by CBP, the number nearly hit 100,000 — the highest it’s been in 12 years.

That’s as clear an indication as possible that the Trump administration’s strategy to deter Central American asylum seekers — which includes metering at ports of entry, expanded detention, and forcing families back to Mexico to wait out their asylum cases — has failed. VICE News went to the border to find out why.

This segment originally aired May 15, 2019, on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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Cleanup underway after deadly mudslides in Peru

In the Peruvian town of Aplao, Arequipa, southern Peru, cleanup is underway after a landslide caused by heavy rains with President Martin Vizcarra visiting to inspect the site. At least five people died and dozens of family homes and stores were affected by mudslides in the municipality of Rio Grande, in Arequipa region due to seasonal rains in the Andes.

Fight against Trump’s border wall hits home along the Rio Grande

Last year, Congress approved $ 1.6 billion in funding for a portion of the border wall promised by President Trump. For some residents of Mission, a Texas town along the banks of the Rio Grande, the arrival of bulldozers could mean the loss of their land.