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‘I Don’t Want To Lose My Mommy’: A Migrant Child Cries For His Mother In Heartbreaking Video

It feels as though with every passing week, more and more images and cases of migrant children either undergoing traumatic experiences or being separated from their families rise to the surface, going viral on mainstream media. The latest heartwrenching video is one of a young migrant boy in tears, saying “I don’t want to lose my mommy” as he witnesses her being dragged under a rip current in the Rio Grande. 

*Warning: the video is graphic*

This week, a camera crew from Univision caught a heartbreaking moment in which a migrant boy can be seen frantically calling out for his mother while holding tight to his dad. 

“The child begs for [them] to save his mother while his father cries for help. [The mother] fights against the currents of the Río Bravo. This Venezuelan family, along with more than 100 migrant families, crossed the river after waiting over 5 months in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, waiting for asylum in the United States,” wrote journalist Jorge Ramos in a caption on Instagram

The Rio Grande, also known as Río Bravo del Norte, is one of the main rivers in the southwest United States and northern Mexico. It begins in south-central Colorado and flows through the Gulf of Mexico. It also forms part of the U.S.-Mexico border – totaling a length of over 1,000 miles that many will cross in order to get to the U.S. 

“Migrants have for years traversed the Rio Grande on makeshift rafts to cross illegally into the United States. But facing a surge of families from Central America, border-patrol agents are now pulling dozens of migrants, including young children, form the harsh current of the river almost every day,” writes Zolan Kanno-Youngs reporting from Texas for The Independent. “President Donald Trump’s repeated threats and attempts to limit immigration have not deterred migrants.”

On July 23, the Daily Mail reported: “At least 30 children and adults who evaded Mexican immigration forces in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, made it across the river that serves as a dangerous passageway to the American dream in the United States.”

The heartbreaking video shows the moment when a migrant boy tightens his group on his dad, frightened to see that his mother is getting swept away by a rip current on the Rio Grande. 

The young boy’s dad was also carrying his other son while the mother momentarily disappeared under the rushing waters.  

The migrant mother struggles to stay afloat as the father of her child tries to make the dangerous walk across the Rio Grande that separates Mexico from the U.S. The migrant mother and her family were all part of a group of migrants from Central America and Venezuela who had reportedly spent three to five months in Mexico waiting to seek asylum. 

According to the Daily Mail, the mother eventually made it to the U.S. shore in Texas after other migrants helped save her life. 

They formed a human chain and helped her sons make it to the U.S. shore too. 

“Her husband and other son later joined them after agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrived on two rafts to assist them and other migrants,” the Daily Mail reports. “Another 110 refugees stood behind after their efforts to join them were thwarted by Mexican immigration agents patrolling the area.” 

This latest video of the father and his child trying to survive the Rio Grande rip currents while simultaneously seeking help for the mother isn’t new. 

This is just one more case of other migrant families who have nearly lost or lost their lives while seeking a better life in the United States. 

On June 24, the Texas Tribune reported that four bodies were found southeast of Anzalduas Park in the Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, south of McAllen (three children, and one woman dead). The New York Times also took a deep dive into deaths on the Rio Grande, “a look at a perilous migrant route.” According to TIME, a search was underway earlier this month looking for a 2-year-old that was reported lost along the Rio Grande River by her mother after an attempt to cross near Del Rio, Texas. 

It’s heartbreaking to see so many migrant children in danger due to the policies that the Trump administration has put in place and continues to enact. 

Last month, a powerful and heartbreaking image depicting the body of Salvadoran migrant Oscar Alberto Martinez and his 2-year-old-daughter Valeria went viral showing us that migrant folks are putting their lives on the line simply to seek a better life in this country. 

While folks have criticized major publications and whoever else shares these images on social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – others think it’s necessary to share these images to push people to do something to change these circumstances. 

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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Here Are The Executive Actions That President Biden Is Signing His First Day In Office

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President Joe Biden has a lot of work ahead of him and he is hitting the ground running. On his first day in office, President Biden has a series of executive actions he is signing to reverse a lot of the damage created by the Trump administration. Here are some of the things President Biden will do with these actions.

The border wall on the southern border is done, y’all.

President Biden is saving the taxpayers billions of dollars by halting the construction of President Trump’s border wall. The border wall is one of former President Trump’s several unfulfilled promises at the expense of the taxpayers.

Despite his unrelenting campaign, Mexico never paid a dime to the wall. President Biden’s action to halt the border wall is a humanitarian and conservationist move that will save billions of tax dollars. According to estimates, there would be $3.3 billion in unused funds in the projects accounts.

The emotionally devastating Muslim ban will finally come to an end.

Former President Trump famously put an end to travel from predominantly Muslim countries. The order arbitrarily excluded a group of people based on their religion. The order that has kept families apart for years is finally coming to an end thanks to President Biden.

President Biden’s ation will bring families together and safeguards the rights of religious freedom. The ban has kept spouses separated, children apart from parents, and caused real damage. There is more to be done to make up for the stain on American history and the action is the first step.

The Keystone XL Pipeline is toast.

We all remember the terrifying scenes of Native people being brutalized by federal officials under Trump’s command. President Biden will make sure that the permit for the pipeline is revoked and put an end to a project that has been devastating the Native community. Activists have been fighting for years to get this done.

Undocumented people will have to be included in census counts.

President Biden is getting rid of the Trump administration’s terrible policy of ignoring undocumented people in the census. There have been several arguments by officials that the move would work to undermine certain states. The policy would take federal money away from states that did not support the former president and have high undocumented populations.

President Biden is going to preserve DACA.

More than 600,000 people benefit from the Obama-era program. Former President Trump waged a war against DACA and Dreamers for political points. Most Americans support DACA and a pathway to citizenship for DACA beneficiaries. With the new executive action, President Biden will instruct the federal government to restore the program to its fullest.

There is still a lawsuit the Biden administration will have to fight. The lawsuit challenging DACA’s legality was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

In total, President Biden will sign 17 executive actions that will roll back several issues created by the previous administration.

“Today, hours after taking the oath of office, President-elect Biden will take a historic number of actions to deliver immediate relief for families across America that are struggling in the face of converging crises. He will sign a combination of executive orders, memoranda, directives, and letters to take initial steps to address these crises, including by changing the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing economic relief, tackling climate change, and advancing racial equity,” reads a statement from the Biden-Harris Transition Team. “President-elect Biden will take action — not just to reverse the gravest damages of the Trump administration — but also to start moving our country forward. These actions are bold, begin the work of following through on President-elect Biden’s promises to the American people, and, importantly, fall within the constitutional role for the president.”

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Mexico’s AMLO Wants To Launch New Social Media Network For Mexicans After Twitter Banned Trump

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Love him or hate him, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has long called himself the voice of the people – and many Mexicans agree with him. That’s why his latest announcement against social media companies has many so worried.

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook’s (along with many other social media platforms) announcement that they would be restricting or banning Donald Trump from their platforms, the Mexican president expressed his contempt for the decisions. And his intention to create a Mexican social network that won’t be held to the standards from Silicon Valley.

Mexico’s AMLO moves to create a social media network for Mexicans outside of Silicon Valley’s control.

A week after his United States counterpart was kicked off Facebook and Twitter, President López Obrador floated the idea of creating a national social media network to avoid the possibility of Mexicans being censored.

Speaking at his daily news conference, AMLO instructed the National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) and other government departments to look at the possibility of creating a state-owned social media site that would guarantee freedom of speech in Mexico.

“We care about freedom a lot, it’s an issue that’s going to be addressed by us,” he told reporters. He also added that Facebook and Twitter have become “global institutions of censorship,” sounding a lot like the alt-right terrorists that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“To guarantee freedom, for freedom, so there’s no censorship in Mexico. We want a country without censorship. Mexico must be a country of freedom. This is a commitment we have,” he told reporters.

AMLO deeply criticized the moves by Twitter and Facebook to ban Trump from their platforms.

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AMLO – like Trump – is an avid user of social media to connect with his constituents. He’s also been known to spread falsehoods and boast about his achievements on the platforms – sound familiar?

So, it came as little surprise when he tore into social media companies for ‘censoring’ Donald Trump, saying that they have turned into “global institutions of censorship” and are carrying out a “holy inquisition.”

Nobody has the right to silence citizens even if their views are unpopular, López Obrador said. Even if the words used by Trump provoked a violent attack against his own government.

“Since they took these decisions [to suspend Trump], the Statue of Liberty has been turning green with anger because it doesn’t want to become an empty symbol,” he quipped.

So what could a Mexican social media network be called?

The president’s proposal to create a national social media network triggered chatter about what such a site would or should be called. One Twitter user suggested Facemex or Twitmex, apparently taking his inspiration from the state oil company Pemex.

The newspaper Milenio came up with three alternative names and logos for uniquely Mexican sites, suggesting that a Mexican version of Facebook could be called Facebookóatl (inspired by the Aztec feathered-serpent god Quetzalcóatl), Twitter could become Twitterlopochtli (a riff on the name of Aztec war, sun and human deity Huitzilopochtli) and Instagram could become Instagratlán (tlán, which in the Náhuatl language means place near an abundance of something – deer, for example, in the case of Mazatlán – is a common suffix in Mexican place names.)

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