Father of Little Girl on Time Cover Speaks Out, Reveals the Truth

June 22, 2018Jun 22, 2018

Time Magazine is under fire for their July 2nd cover. In it, they used an out-of-context photo of a little girl crying to make it look like President Trump doesn't care about the welfare of the children of illegal immigrants.

The photo shows a Honduran little girl, who the story said, was crying because she had been ripped from her mother. However, it quickly became clear that the girl had not been taken from her mother.

In an interview with the girl's father, he said that she is with her mother. Denis Valera told Reuters in a telephone interview that his daughter and her mother, Sandra Sanchez, have been detained together in the Texas border town of McAllen. Sanchez has applied for asylum, and they were not separated after being detained near the border.

Varela told Reuters that he was "awestruck and pained when he first saw the photo of his crying daughter on TV."

“Seeing what was happening to her in that moment breaks anyone’s heart,” he said but that was not because she was separated from her mother. 

Valera said Sanchez and her daughter had left without telling him or the couple’s three other children. He believes Sanchez left for the United States, where she has family, for better economic opportunities.

“If they are deported, that is OK as long as they do not leave the child without her mother,” Valera said. “I am waiting to see what happens with them.”

After it became very clear that they had used the photo in a misleading way, Time quietly added a correction to their article.

They wrote, "The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together."

They also added an justification for keeping the cover. They claimed the little girl had become a symbol no matter the details of her situation.

"The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment"

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