Photo of drowned migrant man, daughter fuels criticism of Trump Jun 27, 2019 0 2470 12345 AFPWashingtonA heart-rending photograph of a Salvadoran man and his nearly two-year-old daughter drowned in the Rio Grande River fuelled angry denunciations on Wednesday of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.“Trump is responsible for these deaths,” said Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman who is seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.“As his administration refuses to follow our laws —preventing refugees from presenting themselves for asylum at our ports of entry — they cause families to cross between ports, ensuring greater suffering & death,” O’Rourke said in a tweet.According to the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, the intertwined bodies in the photo are those of asylum-seeker Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez, 26, and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria.They drowned on Sunday while trying to cross the Rio Grande into Texas from Mexico, La Jornada said.The photo evoked memories of a 2015 picture of a Syrian toddler drowned on a Turkish beach after a failed attempt to reach Greece.“These families seeking asylum are often fleeing extreme violence,” said California Senator Kamala Harris, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.“And what happens when they arrive?” Harris asked on Twitter. “Trump says ‘Go back to where you came from.’ That is inhumane. Children are dying. This is a stain on our moral conscience.” Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic member of the US House of Representatives from Michigan who has called for Trump’s impeachment, also had harsh words for the president and his hard-line immigration policies.“This monster and his heartless Administration must be held accountable,” Tlaib said in a tweet.The New York Times published the photo on its front page and devoted an editorial to the picture. “The United States needs an immigration policy that combines border security, justice and humanity,” the Times said.“No one with a conscience can look at the photo of an asylum seeker and his 23-month-old daughter lying dead on the bank of the Rio Grande and accept the status quo.” Among those who also reacted to the photo was Pope Francis. “The Pope is profoundly saddened by their death, and is praying for them and for all migrants who have lost their lives while seeking to flee war and misery,” said Alessandro Gisotti, a Vatican spokesman.Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York displayed the picture on the Senate floor during a speech on Wednesday. “How could President Trump look at this picture and not understand that these are human beings fleeing violence and persecution?” Schumer asked. RELATED ARTICLES Cigarette, electrical fault ‘may have caused’ Notre-Dame fire Jun 27, 2019 0 355 Europeans on alert as heatwave intensifies Jun 27, 2019 0 365 Ex-Trump aide Manafort to be arraigned in New York today Jun 27, 2019 0 682 Naked biker, topless sunbathers spark debate in Germany Berlin: German police cautioned a man riding naked on a moped while topless sunbathers sparked a row in Munich, as temperatures were to soar to record highs in several European countries on Wednesday. Police in .. Finland hopes to secure climate pledge Helsinki: Finland will use its turn in the EU presidency to seek a pledge that the bloc will produce net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Antti Rinne said on Wednesday. Several EU countries have signed up .. France demands G20 climate change action AFP Tokyo France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday ahead of the summit. Macron was speaking .. Norway tycoon’s missing wife likely killed AFP Oslo The wife of a wealthy Norwegian businessman who disappeared nearly eight months ago was probably killed, with the murder made to look like a kidnapping, police said on Wednesday. Anne-Elisabeth Hagen, whose ..