http://www.cbsnews.com/news/rio-grande-drownings-family-oscar-alberto-martinez-who-died-trying-to-reach-us-speaks-out/

So basically nobody would talk to them at the US CONSULATE in Mexico and give him what he wanted so he decided to take he and his daughter and try to cross illegally into the US. I can feel his pain. But I’ll never know what he was trying to escape. And I’ve gotta believe that if he wasn’t allowed in, there is a reason. The United States has been letting EVERYBODY IN even criminals from different countries. I’ll always support Mexicans coming back to THEIR LAND. IT WAS THEIRS before white people stole it. However, LAW IS LAW. He was willing to die to get here and that’s the CHOICE that he made. He’s not the only person who died coming to this country. Millions of Africans died coming here too. They were tossed overboard and forgotten about. As sad and emotion moving as the story is, That’s LIFE. He should have accepted the answer of NO and tried again and again. Not try to enter illegally. Would he try that shit in Russia? I can think of many countries where they would have shot his ass down immediately for trying to enter illegally. You can’t do that! Entering ILLEGALLY IS AGAINST THE LAW. DON’T DO IT!
The father, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, had traveled from El Salvador with his family, hoping to claim asylum in the United States. On Sunday, Martinez’s wife said the family decided to try and cross the Rio Grande.

According to Le Duc’s reporting for the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter.

He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away, the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them away.

USA TODAY has not been able to independently confirm the account. Le Duc told the AP that the account was based on remarks by Ávalos to police at the scene.