The new cover features an iconic photo captured by Getty Images Pulitzer Prize-winning photograhper John Moore. But I couldn't. This one was tough for me. Then they were rushed in a van and taken away.
"It's hard as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger", he added. "Ever since I took those pictures, I think about that moment often".
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. In its original form, it showed the two-year-old girl reacting to her mother's detention by a border agent in Texas.
It was a dramatic turnaround after he falsely said that his administration had no choice but to separate families apprehended at the border because of federal law and a court decision.
The powerful image on this week's cover depicts the United States president looking down at a sobbing two-year-old girl next to the caption "Welcome to America".
Moore said that he saw the mother was breastfeeding her daughter "to keep her calm" and, later, one of the agents asked the mother to put her daughter down. Moore said he was photographing the U.S. Border Patrol in McAllen, Texas when he came upon undocumented immigrants, mostly women and children. In Moore´s words: "All I wanted to do was pick her up". Editors made a decision to feature the image on the cover "due to [its] power".
Trump's June 20 executive order vowed to end the separation of families at the border, but details of family reunification and post-reunification plans are far from settled. "But I couldn't." Moore said he was able to speak to the mother briefly and learned that the little girl was a 2-year-old from Honduras. "And I think if everyone involved in this debate sees each other as human beings worthy of respect, ultimately we can find humane solutions".