Crying Migrant Girl On Time Cover Wasn't Separated From Family

The July 2 edition of Time Magazine lifts the image of a 2-year-old Honduran girl, Yanela Sanchez, from the now symbolic photo of her crying as a Border Patrol agent pats down her mother at the border in Texas. 

The positioning of her next to President Trump dismally looking down at her with the words "Welcome to America" above, garnered quite a reaction from both supporters and critics who felt it evoked strong feelings and some called it exploitative. 

The original image went viral as outrage grew over the separations of children from their parents at the border. 

However, Yanela's father told the Washington Post that his daughter was not one of those that was separated from her mother and was just waiting outside a detention center, albeit very distraught.

Agents patted down the mother for less than two minutes, and she immediately picked up her daughter, who then stopped crying.

While the story behind the photo was not originally correct, many children have still been separated from their families. 

Time defended their cover saying the little girl became the "face of the story."

Photo: Getty Images

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