Shortly after TIME Magazine released its controversial cover featuring President Donald Trump towering over a crying immigrant child, it was revealed that the little girl was actually never separated from her mother.
Wait, it gets worse.
The story behind the photo that became the face of the child separation crisis is far more complicated than the media were willing to admit.
The mother of the little girl was previously deported to Honduras in 2013, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials confirmed on Friday.
“ICE said Sanchez was previously deported to Honduras in July 2013,” the Washington Post reported.
Further, the mother reportedly abandoned her family to enter the U.S. illegally, leaving her husband and three other children behind in Honduras.
The woman’s husband, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, has since come forward to reveal the truth about his family’s situation.
“I don't have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don't know what could happen,” he told the Daily Mail.
Hernandez said his wife wasn’t fleeing violence — she was chasing the “American dream” and a good job.
The father said he didn’t even get a chance to tell his daughter goodbye.
How many narratives can shatter all at once?
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Democrats and the media for pushing the false story.
“It’s shameful that dems and the media exploited this photo of a little girl to push their agenda. She was not separated from her mom. The separation here is from the facts. Dems should join POTUS and fix our broken immigration system,” she tweeted.
Time Magazine has since issued an embarrassing correction to the photo on its cover.
“The original version of this story misstated what happened to the girl in the photo after she was taken from the scene. The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together,” the correction states.
However, the magazine’s editor in chief is actually standing by the cover as he claims it accurately depicts the situation at the border.
“The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason: Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents,” the statement reads. “Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”
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