After a tense past few weeks in regards to immigration reform from the Trump administration’s executive order on family separation (and later their repeal of it), TIME magazine has presented their latest cover for the July 2 issue, featuring a heart-wrenching photo illustration of a crying Honduran girl staring into the eyes of President Donald Trump with the caption, “Welcome to America.”
Pulitzer-prize winning photographer John Moore is the man behind the image, and in an interview with TIME magazine, he carefully and painstakingly details the story of the photo.
On an assignment with a border patrol agent near the Rio Grande, Moore and the agent saw a group of asylum seeking people attempting to raft into the country. The agent took Moore up the road where they found the group of mainly women and children walking up the road.
“You could see the fear frankly in their eyes,” Moore says. “In the crowd of people, a mother holding a young girl, and the mother would not set her down…when it came for her turn to be searched she was asked to set down the child. As soon as that little girl’s feet touched the ground she started screaming. It was a very acute case of separation anxiety happening in front of me. And as she looked up at her mother be searched, I photographed her.”
Moore has been photographing families seeking asylum for a number of years, though he said this time was different because they didn’t know what was coming, while he did. “All I wanted to do was pick her up. But I couldn’t,” he says.
The TIME cover is not the first time that the historic magazine has targeted the president and his decision-making. Recently, they used a cover of the president looking at himself in the mirror and seeing his reflection as a king, a cover of Trump depicted as a wrecking ball, and a cover of him and Presidential Nominee Opponent, Hilary Clinton holding a sign reading, “The end is near.”
See the new TIME cover below.
For the first 240 years of U.S. history, at least, our most revered chief executives reliably articulated a set of high-minded, humanist values that bound together a diverse nation by naming what we aspired to: democracy, humanity, equality. The Enlightenment ideals Thomas Jefferson etched onto the Declaration of Independence were given voice by Presidents from George Washington to @barackobama. @realdonaldtrump doesn’t talk like that. In the 18 months since his Inauguration, #Trump has mentioned “democracy” fewer than 100 times, “equality” only 12 times and “human rights” just 10 times. The tallies, drawn from a searchable online agglomeration of 5 million of Trump’s words, contrast with his predecessors’: at the same point in his first term, #RonaldReagan had mentioned equality three times as often in recorded remarks, which included 48 references to human rights, according to the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Trump embraces a different set of values. He speaks often of #patriotism, albeit in the narrow sense of military duty, or as the kind of loyalty test he’s made to #NFL players. He also esteems religious liberty and economic vitality. But America’s 45th President is “not doing what rhetoricians call that ‘transcendent move,’” says Mary E. Stuckey, a communications professor at Penn State University and author of Defining Americans: The Presidency and National Identity. Instead, with each passing month he is testing anew just how far from our founding humanism his “America first” policies can take us. And over the past two months on our southern border, we have seen the result. Read this week’s full cover story on TIME.com. TIME Photo-Illustration. Photographs by Getty Images; animation by @brobeldesign