This is How TIME Magazine is Defending Their Use of a Debunked Photograph to Show Child Separation at the Border
You think that TIME magazine might have cut their losses and just admitted they’d fallen for yet another misunderstood photograph of an improperly presented photograph of a child at the Southern border.
I mean, it’s not like they were the only ones who fell for the photograph of 2-year-old Yanela, who was crying as her mother was searched by ICE agents.
Yanela has quickly become the face for the so-called “crisis at the border” which, as we have had to remind the left over and over for weeks now, was happening under Obama and has been standard border detainment policy for years.
Before the TIME cover hit, the rest of the media had been exploiting the photograph of the tired and thirsty child at the moment she was briefly put down by her mother so agents could perform a proper search.
But no, TIME has doubled-down on their choice to use the crying toddler, superimposed under the supposedly callous stare of Trump, to push their open-border agenda.
This is their explanation, via The Daily Wire:
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.
No….the cover does not represent the “stakes” of this moment. The true story behind the cover, in fact, represents exactly why we need stronger border enforcement to begin with.
First of all, it was never Trump’s policy to begin with to separate children from their parents, it’s a decades-old policy that was originally put in place, understandably, to keep children out of facilities where the sort of adults who cross the border illegally were being kept. Seems reasonable, right?
Second of all, Yanela’s mother, Sandra, had already been deported once, and, as it turns out, was actually falsely claiming political asylum in the US. Her husband, who revealed this to the Daily Mail, has a good job in Honduras, where he remains with the couple’s three other children, who Sandra abandoned.
I certainly cannot speak to the state of Sandra’s heart, soul, or competence as a mother, but on the surface, her story seems to reflect the very uncomfortable reality that perhaps at least some of the parents who cross the border illegally with their small children aren’t making the best decisions as parents, as our Southern border is a notoriously dangerous place between harsh terrain and the presence of hardened criminals. Not to mention, when detained by ICE, they’re likely to be separated from their children.
TIME is sticking to their guns because they’re committed to using small children to exploit the leftist narrative that it is somehow a right to emigrate to the United States. Period.
They don’t care that the picture has been debunked because they know that it’s evocative enough to still be effective to convey their desired message, and that’s all that matters to them in the end.