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A young family left El Salvador for a better life. Their tragedy focused the immigration crisis

A mother mourns her son and granddaughter, who drowned crossing the Rio Grande, ‘I feel a huge emptiness’ Warning: graphic image

When Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez told his mother that he was planning to take his wife and young daughter from their home on the outskirts of the San Salvador and head north to the United States, she felt a shiver of foreboding.

“I had a feeling,” said Rosa Ramírez, 46. “An ugly premonition.”

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