A Guatemalan migrant with her child- covers her face and weeps in front of a Mexican National Guard soldier who has stopped them, mere feet from the United States border crossing.
The powerful images - taken by a Reuters photographer inCiudad Juarez-- went viral on social media this week... casting a spotlight on the migration crisis and the role of Mexico's militarized National Guard police force in containing Central American migrants.
Reuters Correspondent David Alire Garcia in Mexico City (SOUNDBITE) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT DAVID ALIRE GARCIA SAYING: "In the photos you see a Guatemalan mother Lety Perez and her 6 year old son Anthony just before they're going to cross into the U.S..
Along with them you see a National Guardsman decked out in fatigues and holding an assault rifle.
The National Guardsman tells her, he can't let her pass, that he's just doing his job and she begs and pleads with him.
This goes on for several minutes and then in a moment of distraction, she makes a run for it, she basically takes her son by the hand, goes into the dried out riverbank, makes it to the middle and at that point this guardsman no longer has jurisdiction." Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who retweeted the picture after it was posted by former Mexican ambassador to the United States Arturo Sarukhan, wrote "what a pity, Mexico should never have accepted this." President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has faced backlash for trying to placate President Donald Trump's demands to stop the flow of migrants into the U.S. (SOUNDBITE) REUTERS CORRESPONDENT DAVID ALIRE GARCIA SAYING: "Mexican President Lopez Obrador has sent about 20,000 soldiers, part of this National Guard force to the border to thwart the migrants.
He's also allowed U.S. officials to send back to Mexico tens of thousands of non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico to have their cases resolved and all of this has had an impact.
Apprehensions at the US border are down about a third last month." In June, Lopez Obrador said the National Guard did not have orders to detain migrants crossing the U.S. border.
He regularly emphasizes that the clampdown must not violate rights.
As for Lety Perez and her son.... In response to a request for information, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency did not have the resources needed to track their current whereabouts based on the details Reuters was able to provide.