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Posted: June 21, 2018

Time cover: Photo of little girl crying at border, Trump illustrates immigration debate

Photographer Tells Story Behind Image of Crying Toddler at Texas-Mexico Border

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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

The heartbreaking image of a little girl, separated from her mother as the mother was detained for crossing the border between Mexico and the United States, has been combined with an image of President Donald Trump looking down at her for an upcoming Time magazine cover.

The photo of the girl was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images, Time said when announcing the cover. Moore has taken photos of immigrants crossing into the United States for the past few years.

Moore told the publication, “This one was tough for me. As soon as it was over, they were put into a van. I had to stop and take deep breaths.”

The girl started crying when Border Patrol agents put the girl’s mother on the ground to search her last week, Moore told NPR

The mother and child had been trying to get to the United States from Honduras for a month, Moore said.

He said that the mother and child were not separated at the border, but rather, both got into a van and were taken away, NPR reported.

CNN reported that a government spokesperson told them that the girl and her mother were not separated, but did not give any additional details.

John Moore/Getty Images
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. The asylum seekers had rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico and were detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents before being sent to a processing center for possible separation. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is executing the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy towards undocumented immigrants. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

>>Read: Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

They were being transported to a processing center in Texas, CNN reported.

Almost 2,000 children of undocumented immigrants crossing the border were separated from the adults who brought them from April to May, Department of Homeland Security officials told CNN.

The Trump administration said that anyone crossing the border illegally will be held for prosecution as part of the government’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration, no matter if they have small children or claim asylum, CNN reported.

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Because of the uproar, not only over the policy, but also the image of the tearful girl, Time created a photo illustration depicting the girl and Trump for its July 2, 2018, cover story. It includes the words, “Welcome to America.”

>>Read: Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump reversed the practice of removing children from families of undocumented immigrants caught crossing the border through an executive order he signed on Wednesday. The order, however, will continue the “zero-tolerance” policy for undocumented migrants.


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