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Viral Photo of Girl Separated from Parents Turns Out to Show Girl Who Had Not Been Separated

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 9:20 am

Who cares? It served its propaganda purpose.

The widely shared photo of the little girl crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent patted down her mother became a symbol of the families pulled apart by the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, even landing on the new cover of Time magazine.

But the girl’s father told The Washington Post on Thursday night that his child and her mother were not separated, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman confirmed that the family was not separated while in the agency’s custody.

The revelation has prompted a round of media criticism from the White House and other conservatives.

“It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted Friday. “She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts.”

The heart-wrenching image, captured by award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore, was spread across the front pages of international newspapers. It was used to promote a Facebook fundraiser that has collected more than $18 million to help reunite separated families.

And on Thursday, hours before the little girl’s father spoke out, Time magazine released its July 2 cover using the child’s image — without the mother — in a photo illustration that shows her looking up at President Trump, who is seen towering above her.

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A Time story recounting the photographer’s experience initially stated the girl was carried away screaming by border agents, and later corrected the article to say that the two were taken away together.

The news that this one fake photo created a fake narrative of a separated child should not be used to distract us from the very real fact that Big Media has created a fake narrative about a “separation policy.”

UPDATE: It’s probably worth noting that the girl was crying, not because of what ICE did to her, but because she was tired and thirsty after the trip her mother had put her through:

“We were patrolling the border. It was after 10 o’clock at night,” Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News’ David Begnaud. He was the first to encounter Sandra Sanchez and her daughter after they allegedly crossed the Rio Grande River into Texas illegally.

“We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her…So we can properly search the mother,” Ruiz said. “So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her ‘Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?’ and she said, ‘Yes. She’s tired and thirsty. It’s 11 o’clock at night.’”

Her dad back in Honduras was upset at the mom: “I didn’t support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day.” Also, she left three other children back in Honduras, who probably cried when she left although we have no pictures of them doing so.

But Trump!

UPDATE x2: Time Magazine is standing by its fake cover.


  1. UPDATE x2: Time Magazine is standing by its fake cover.

    Comment by Patterico — 6/22/2018 @ 10:15 am

  2. The MSM never lets pesky little details like reality get in the way of a narrative.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 6/22/2018 @ 6:29 pm

  3. Further thoughts… actually, the photo fits quite well; it’s a perfect companion to the initial photos the media freaked out about, which turned out to be from the Obama era.

    Fakers gotta fake, I guess.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 6/23/2018 @ 12:26 am

  4. The photos are descriptive of the problem but it is fake to portray this as solely a Trump or a Republican problem. It is a national problem.

    Thus, a newspaper, magazine and networks can run stories about border problems and use photos with kids in cages or kids crying, provided they label them as occurring during Obama, Trump, etc., years. They can also use the photos to make broader points about immigration, including that the issue presents hard choices that can make all Presidents look heartless.

    It’s a shame that so many newspapers, magazines, and networks have partisan agendas so they can’t deal with these problems honestly. Good thing we have blogs.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/23/2018 @ 6:16 am

  5. The media could do what the TV commercials do and include an “actor portrayal” disclaimer. Of course, then audience would know to tune out the media the way they tune out commercials. Most already do.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/23/2018 @ 6:36 am

  6. There are still some media willing to do helpful original reporting on border issues. The illegal entry issues were pioneered by Bush in Operation Streamline. Texas federal courts have been dealing with these issues for almost 15 years.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/24/2018 @ 1:44 pm

  7. And there are also government idiots who think it is smart to argue that immigrant children as young as 3 can learn the law and represent themselves. mg would agree.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/24/2018 @ 3:07 pm

  8. So much for rights:

    Trump Calls For Depriving Illegal Border-Crossers Of Due Process Rights

    Now we kniw wht the government lawyer said a 3-year-old could learn the relevant laws about their rights. Trump says there won’t be any rights.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/25/2018 @ 7:05 am

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