//One deadly week reveals where the immigration crisis begins — and where it ends

One deadly week reveals where the immigration crisis begins — and where it ends

SAN LUIS RÍO COLORADO, Mexico – The sun still hides beyond the desert’s dark horizon as Jaime Escalante Galvez, his wife Leydi Gonzalez and their 2-year-old daughter, Adriana, slide through a bucket-size hole under a border fence and squeeze into the United States. The Guatemalan family is fleeing poverty and, they say, armed thugs who regularly stole half of Escalante’s earnings as a $45-a-week minibus driver. The U.S. promises a better life, security, stability. Or so they hope. Just a few hours later, on a steep riverbank 1,300 miles to the east, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria, wade into the swirling Rio Grande at Matamoros, Mexico. They left their native El Salvador two months prior and ended up crammed into a border shelter with hundreds of other immigrants. Desperate and frustrated, Martinez has decided to try their luck with the river. But the muscular current sweeps them away. His wife, watching in horror, cries out from the river’s edge. Search teams find their bodies 12 hours later, 500 yards downriver. Valeria’s tiny arm still clings to her father’s neck. Soon a photo of their river-swollen bodies will reverberate around the world. Two families. Two scenes. One barely noticed, the other unforgettable. Both moments surfaced during a week when the USA TODAY Network launched a team of nearly 30 journalists to begin a comprehensive examination of the migrant crisis along the U.S. southern border. The unprecedented effort revealed an immigration system on the brink of collapse. […]

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