Terrified migrant mother holds her son as US Border Patrol stops them

Lucy Bush
June 22, 2018

The only text on the cover reads, "Welcome to America".

A two-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S. -Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas.

Anyone who has been following news in the United States recently has probably heard about the turmoil surrounding the separation of undocumented immigrant children from their parents at the southern border of the country.

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.

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"For ten years covering immigration issues I've tried to humanize a story which is sometimes conveyed by some in the media in very statistical terms, and making photographs, or taking photographs, that make people feel is one way to humanize this issue", he said.

"These folks, they didn't know what was about to happen" with the policy leading to the separation of families, photographer John Moore told ABC News.

Under a moonless sky, a group of Central American asylum seekers is rafted across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the US on June 12 in McAllen, Texas.

Getty photographer John Moore photographs immigrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border.

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The Trump administration has been enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy on illegal border crossers since early May. As the spotlight fell on their faces, their faces exuded a mix of fear and relief. When the mother set her daughter down so that she could be searched and the young girl began to cry, Moore said he "was nearly overcome with emotion myself".

Moore told Time taking this photo was also been hard not only as a photojournalist but also as a father. In Moore´s words: "All I wanted to do was pick her up".

"As soon as it was over, they were put into a van", he told the magazine. "But on the other, I don't take great exception to them doing an illustration", he said.

The Daily Mail sought out the father of the girl, and obtained more details about their asylum case - it turns out that the girl was not separated from her mother at all.

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