TIME Magazine Publishes Powerful Front Cover On Family Separation

TIME Magazine is one of the great barometers of American society, a cultural touchpoint to which many turn to see what the key issues of the day are.

Its front covers are legendary and can act as living proof that a picture says a thousand word - and never more so than this month's edition.

The front cover covers the family separation policy that is currently top of the news agenda in the United States, with a stark image that shows the divide within the nation about immigration.

Credit: TIME
Credit: TIME

On the right is, of course, Donald Trump, who is looking down at a crying child, one of the enduring images captured in the last week, all set against the iconic red background of TIME Magazine.

The child is a two-year-old from Honduras, whose image went viral in the week as she was photographed by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore at the US-Mexican border in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, where she had been briefly separated from her mother while she was talking to immigration officials.

"I could see the fear on their faces, in their eyes," Moore told National Public Radio earlier this week.

"As the Border Patrol took people's names down, I could see a mother holding a young child. And when it came time for that mother and the two-year-old daughter to be searched before transportation to the processing centre, they asked the mother to set down her daughter.

"At that moment, the young child broke into tears, and she started wailing. And I took a knee and had very few frames of that moment before it was over.

"She picked up her daughter, and they were rushed into the van and all taken away."

The picture went around the world, featuring on the front of many major newspapers, and became emblematic of the family separation policy.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

"Most of us here had heard the news that the administration had planned to separate families," said Moore.

"These people really had no idea about this news and it was hard to take these pictures, knowing what was coming next.

"As a photojournalist, it's my role to keep going, even when it's hard.

"But as a father - and I have a toddler myself - it was very difficult to see what was happening in front of my lens and thinking what it would be like for my kids to be separated from me."

The family separation policy is part of the wider immigration crackdown in the United States, but has been widely criticised as it sees young children taken from their families.

Currently 2,000 children are separated from their families, though Donald Trump has now signed an executive order that should temporarily end separations.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Mike Wood

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