Many are praising a Time cover meant to devastate President Donald Trump over family separations at the border, but a key detail undermines the intended meaning of the image.
Here’s what happened
Critics of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy that led to the separation of families at the border praised the cover of Time magazine that juxtaposed the image of a crying migrant girl with one of the president.
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
The image was taken from a Getty Images photo of a 2-year-old migrant girl who cried while her mother was being detained by U.S. Border Patrol officials near McAllen, Texas.
But it didn’t quite support the political agenda that was intended.
The Daily Mail sought out the father of the girl, and obtained more details about their asylum case. It turns out that the girl was not separated from her mother at all.
“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter,” 32-year-old Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told the Daily Mail. “It broke my heart.”
“It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger,” he added. “They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border.”
Hernandez added that the girl was not separated from her mother, and they are being detained together.
Here’s a CNN video about the image of the Honduran migrant girl:
In a CNN interview with John Moore, the photographer, who took the images, says that the girl and her mother were separated for about 10 seconds while the border security agent searched the mother. Moore added that family separation happens away from where photographers can capture the act, implying that the girl had been separated from her mother.