Grande left El Salvador three months ago in search of a better life and tried to cross the river after arriving at the border to find the consulate closed because it was a Sunday. They lived with Tania's mother and were surviving on $10 a day which he earned by working in a Papa Johns pizza shop. Tania had quit had her job as a cashier at a Chinese restaurant to look after their daughter
*Their dream was to move to the US and save enough money to buy a house. *In April, they arrived in Mexico and got a humanitarian visa which allowed them to work there for a year while awaiting news of their US asylum request
*Tired of waiting, they made their way to the border on Sunday to try to push their case forward. *When they arrived, the consulate was closed and they were told they would have to wait weeks or months anyway because so many were in front of them.
*Oscar decided to try to cross illegally, taking Valeria with him first and dropping her safely on the US side of the river. When he turned back to get his wife, Valeria jumped in the water after him and they were swept away.
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