Thursday, June 21, 2018

A picture worth quite a few words

[This post has been amended]
TIME Magazine's July 2 issue will be a photo illustration incorporating a photo of U.S. president Donald Trump and a two-year old Honduran girly weeping as her mother was detained in McAllen, Texas. The little girl's photo was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images.
“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,” Moore told TIME Tuesday, describing his reaction to the scene...“All I wanted to do was pick her up. But I couldn’t.”
[Correction: "TIME Magazine issued a correction on Friday for a photograph previously said to depict a two-year-old Honduran child being taken away by U.S. Border Patrol agents. 
"Word of the misinformation spread after the Honduran government and the girl’s father, Denis Valera, told Reuters that the girl was never separated from her mother. Both mother and daughter were detained together in McAllen, Texas—even as the picture became a powerful symbol representing the Trump administration’s controversial separation of families and was used to fundraise $17 million in donations for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES). 
“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she taken from the scene,” wrote TIME in its correction. 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.”
TIME issued a statement accompanying the correction: 
“The June 12 photograph of the two-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason,” wrote TIME. “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 the moment.”



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