The Story Behind the Viral Photo of a Crying Child at the Border

On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order that reverses his administration's policy of separating children from their detained parents at the border.

"We're going to have strong, very strong borders, but we're going to keep the families together", said Trump, who added that he didn't like the "sight" or "feeling" of children separated from their parents.

Time released a cover image of its July 2 issue, which features Mr Trump looming over a sobbing child, who is the subject of a now-iconic photograph taken by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore.

"As soon as it was over, they were put into a van", he told the magazine.


Likewise, the cover story, "A Reckoning After Trump's Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?" by Karl Vick, doesn't mince words about what it sees as the eroding of our traditional norms and values by the current president. A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection also confirmed to the Daily Beast that the mother and daughter were not separated.

A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S. -Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

"Nine days later-her image having helped force a president's hand-she's on the cover of TIME".

"I don't have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don't know what could happen", he told the Daily Mail.


The heart-wrenching image, captured by award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore, was spread across the front pages of worldwide newspapers. I asked her, why?

When Sandra left on her journey with Yanela, she left Hernandez behind with three other children - Wesly (14), Cindy (11), and Brianna (6).

Donald Trump Jr. retweeted the story on Thursday night. When the mother set her daughter down so that she could be searched and the young girl began to cry, Moore said he "was nearly overcome with emotion myself".

Valera pushed back against the portrayal's of his daughter's story, saying it should not cast doubt on the "human rights violations" taking place at the border.


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