Donald Trump vs 2-Year-Old Immigrant? TIME Magazine’s Latest Cover Creates Buzz

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Donald Trump faced an immense criticism for his administration’s zero tolerance policy. The photo of the little girl crying as a US Border Patrol agent patted down her mother became a symbol of the families pulled apart by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, even landing on the cover of Time Magazine. The cover has become the face of the campaign against the government’s move to ban illegal immigrants from entering the country.

The heart-wrenching image was captured by John Moore, an award-winning Getty Images photographer. It was spread across the front pages of international newspapers and was used to promote a fundraiser that has collected more than $18 million to help reunite separated families. Time on Thursday released its July 2 cover using the little Honduran girl’s image, without the mother, in a photo illustration portraying her looking up at President Trump towering above her.

Trump’s rather audacious policy of taking children away from immigrant families was much slammed by many, including people who are very close to him. Wife Melania recently said it broke her heart to see babies taken away from families at the border. The backlash continues with the latest TIME’s cover only adding as a catalyst to the raging controversy even after the policy is withdrawn and effectively dead.

More than 2,300 migrant children split from their parents since May 5. In Honduras, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez recognized his daughter in the photo and also feared she was separated from her mother. But he learned this week that his wife and daughter were not, in fact, separated. The mother, 32-year-old Sandra Sanchez, was detained with her nearly 2-year-old daughter, Yanela, at a facility in McAllen Texas, Varela said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement released a statement to BuzzFeed on Thursday confirming that Sanchez was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas, on June 12 while traveling with a family member. Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013.

Valera said, “This is the case for my daughter, but it is not the case for 2,000 children that were separated from their parents,” felt “proud” that his daughter has “represented the subject of immigration” and helped propel changes in policy. But he asked that Trump “put his hand on his heart.”