Father of Crying Girl Who Was Featured on Time Cover Says She Was Not Taken From Her Parents

The Honduran father of a little girl pictured crying at the U.S. border with Mexico, which Time magazine and other publications have used to portray the outrage of separating families, and a Facebook campaign raised $18 million regarding, has said that the presented context of the photo is false, in the sense that the girl was never separated from her mother.

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told DailyMail.com on Friday that his wife, 32-year-old Sandra, took their young daughter, 2-year-old Yanela, to the U.S. border despite his protests.

He said that while his wife and Yanela have been detained at a family residential center in Texas, they are together and doing “fine.”

“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It’s difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border,” the father said.

Hernandez insisted that despite media portrayals otherwise, his wife and daughter were never separated at the border.

The cover itself was also criticized as exploitative.

“I see it as an insensitive and exploitative play to sell magazines — and one that, albeit unintentionally, offers up this personal tragedy to be memed and ridiculed,” photojournalist Kainaz Amaria wrote for Vox.

On Thursday, Time published it’s latest cover, featuring two separate photos of President Donald Trump and the crying girl together in front of a red background, with the caption, “Welcome to America.”

The photo of the girl was taken by John Moore, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for Getty Images.

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Source: Christian Post