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'Awful’ photo of drowned migrants sparks outrage

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Published on June 26, 2019 - Duration: 02:11s

'Awful’ photo of drowned migrants sparks outrage

A harrowing photo of a man and his young daughter who drowned on the U.S.-Mexico border has brought global attention to the dangers for a wave of mostly Latin American migrants traveling north, with Pope Francis on Wednesday expressing "immense sadness" at the deaths.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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'Awful’ photo of drowned migrants sparks outrage

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SEN.

ROSEN SAYING: "We all saw that awful and heartbreaking photo of the toddler who drowned while crutching her father's neck." This is the image U.S. lawmakers are pointing to Wednesday.

A migrant father and his nearly 2-year-old daughter found laying face down on the banks of the Rio Grande after trying to cross the river into the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) SEN.

JOHNSON SAYING: "I hope that picture alone will catalyze this congress, this Senate, this committee to do something." The shocking photo sparked outrage around the world.

The pope said he was 'profoundly saddened' while the U.N.

Refugee agency said the migrants' deaths represent a failure to deal with their desperation.

The stark image adding pressure on U.S. lawmakers to act on the surge of migrants seeking asylum, which has put a strain on border patrol.

Just this week, lawyers who visited a texas border patrol station tried to sound alarm bells.

(SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ELORA MUKHERJEE, PROFESSOR OF LAW AND DIRECTOR OF THE IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS CLINIC AT COLUMBIA: "The children there were hungry, dirty, sick, scared and all of them who I interviewed had been detained for longer than the 72 hour limit that the law requires." Initially the Customs and Border Protection agency said that 250 children would be transferred to other facilities but on Tuesday officials said they're short on space, so 100 of the children were moved back to the same station.

(UPSOUND: THE BILL HAS PASSED) The House on Tuesday approved a four and a half billion dollar aid package to care for the migrant families and unaccompanied children crossing the U.S. Mexico border.

(SOUNDBITE) HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI SAYING: This situation is child abuse.

It is an atrocity that violates every value that we have." On Wednesday, Trump said he spoke with House Speaker by phone, and that the Republican led Senate is working on its own version of the bill.

(SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP SAYING: "I've been saying, we have to change the loopholes, change asylum.

You wouldn't have this problem.

They're not working on that today, they're working on aid, humanitarian aid for the children."

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