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“It is a very tragic scene: they carried her in their arms because she could not cross alone. You really could tell that she needed medical help.”
This is what the journalist Jorge Ventura, of the American newspaper Daily Caller, recounts, who witnessed the moment in which a young Venezuelan carried an old woman in his arms while crossing the Rio Grande on May 26, on the border between the United States and the United States. Mexico.
The image of the two migrants crossing the river, taken by photographer Go, from the Reuters agency, has been around the world.
Ventura told BBC Mundo that the woman was accompanied by a large group of Venezuelans who this week tried to cross the border to enter the United States.
“The day before we had seen the arrival of about 90 Venezuelan migrants to the town of From the river, several families, children, who barely reached American soil began to cry and pray, “says Ventura.
“And when we went to cover the arrival of another 50 migrants in the same place that Tuesday we saw this scene: a woman who looked quite haggard. Then one of the young men who was with her took her in his arms, put her on his shoulders and he walked all the way along the river with her. Basically it saved his life, “says the journalist.
The image was taken a few meters from the American shore. At the time of crossing the river, the young man and the woman were assisted by an American immigration patrol.
Her name is irma
“They barely made it to shore there was several border patrol officers who immediately gave the woman medical attention. The young man who was wearing it told me that the woman was about 65 years old, “says Ventura.
And he adds: “Usually in my work on the border I come across cases of people who come from Central America, but the case of Venezuelans in Del Río is striking, because we don’t know why they are all arriving there together,” he explains.
According to a video released by the Venezuelan journalist Federico Black, the woman said her name is Irma and that she comes from the city of Maracaibo.
Last February a Venezuelan woman died when she tried to cross the icy waters of the Rio Grande. Two other Venezuelan migrants were rescued with serious signs of hypothermia.
Earlier this year, the Joe Biden government allowed Venezuelans in the country to access Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
According to the records of the immigration offices, about 320,000 Venezuelans could access this benefit, that grants them protection against deportation and temporary work permits.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.