The new Time magazine cover slams Donald Trump over family separation policy

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According to TIME, John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images, has been photographing immigrants crossing the U.S. -Mexico border for years.

"As soon as it was over, they were put into a van", he told the magazine.

Moore told NPR that taking the photo and covering the border has been especially challenging recently because he is unsure whether undocumented families are aware of the possibility that they could be separated.

Time magazine's new cover places a crying immigrant girl at the feet of US President Donald Trump.

Moore says that the series of photographs he captured that night were hard for him to take "as a journalist, as a human being, and especially as a father" as he knew that the children would soon be separated from their parents into separate detention centers.

The photo shows the 2-year-old Honduran girl in tears as Border Patrol agents search and detain her mother in McAllen, Texas. This is the story of how he found a little girl and her mother beside the Rio Grande last week and took what could be one of the most high-impact photos of his career. In Moore´s words: "All I wanted to do was pick her up". With the adult detained and facing prosecution, any minors accompanying them are taken away.

Trump orders halt to family separations
Under the Obama administration, such families were usually referred for civil deportation proceedings, not requiring separation. It does not specifically address what will happen to families and children who have already been separated.

Mr Moore said he also saw another mother using the headlights of a patrol vehicle to breastfeed her baby. "I took only a few photographs and was nearly overcome with emotion myself".

The policy that resulted in kids and their parents being separated at the border was enacted by Trump, whose administration then went back and forth between blaming it on Democrats and denying it existed.

"And while Trump ultimately capitulated on the forced separation of children, his new order suggested that families would be detained not only together, but perhaps indefinitely".

An executive order signed by Mr Trump will keep families together at the border, but it comes too late for the 2,300 children who have already been split from their parents.

"Now, I regret saying that because I don't know that everything is going to be OK", Moore said.

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