Donald Trump has always proudly paraded his Time Magazine covers but the latest may not make it on to the walls at the golf club. The powerful image on this week’s cover depicts the US president looking down at a sobbing two-year-old girl next to the caption “Welcome to America”.
The girl is from a photograph taken at the US border by Getty photographer John Moore this week. Showing the toddler’s distress while her mother is searched and detained, the image has become a defining symbol of the impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policy, where parents and children entering the US illegally have been separated at the border.
The separation of families, with children and even babies placed in detention centres or “tender age shelters”, has prompted protests and outcry, though this girl’s father, Denis Valera, told Reuters she was kept with her mother, Sandra Sanchez, during their detention in the Texas border town of McAllen. After enormous public backlash, Trump signed an executive order reversing the policy.
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