Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Time magazine cover puts Trump face to face with crying immigrant girl

Time magazine cover puts Trump face to face with crying immigrant girl

In an interview with NPR, Moore said he was photographing U.S. Border Patrol near the border in McAllen, Texas when they found a group of undocumented immigrants. "And I could see the fear on their faces, in their eyes". Children can not follow their family members or guardians into custody, so United States guidelines mandate that those children be separated - often from their parents.

The image was taken from a Getty photo of a two-year-old migrant girl who cried while her mother was being detained by USA border patrol officials near McAllen, Texas. 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".

"He told ABC News that he crouched to "[get] down on a child's level" to take the photo. Then they were rushed in a van and taken away. They were promptly apprehended by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and relocated to a processing centre.

In the Times piece that accompanies the cover, Karl Vick writes a piece analysing Trump's "Border Separation" policy and how it "reflects a President uncomfortable with ideals".

The photo was used on a Facebook fundraiser that drew more than $17 million dollars in donations from close to half a million people for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), a Texas-based nonprofit that provides legal defense services to immigrants and refugees. This is the largest single fundraiser ever on Facebook, according to the social network site.

In April, the Trump administration announced a "zero tolerance" policy for illegal crossings, saying that any asylum attempt that is not made at an appropriate port of entry will be deemed illegal and the person will be prosecuted even if they have no criminal history.

"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.

Moore told Time taking this photo was also been hard not only as a photojournalist but also as a father.

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