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The internet has feelings about the ‘Time’ cover on immigrant child separation

Trump probably won’t be a fan of this one.


Alex Dalbey

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Posted on Jun 21, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 12:57 pm CDT

As anger continues to mount against the horrifying child separation policies of the Trump administration, Time magazine has created a cover that many say perfectly encapsulates the situation.

The cover features a stone-faced Trump staring down at the now-famous 2-year-old Honduran girl from the viral photo of her crying as her mother is searched by a border patrol agent. The striking use of these two images together exemplifies the debate around immigration, family separation, and the “zero tolerance” policy, which the Trump administration instituted in early May. This new move to prosecute every person who attempts to cross the southern border has resulted in the separation so far of over 2,300 children from their families.

People have been reacting to the new cover and what it says about the legacy Trump will leave.

Some users have noted Trump’s past obsession with being on the cover of Time magazine, a preoccupation so intense that, at one point, he had fake Time covers hanging in at least four of his golf resorts. Something tells us that he won’t be as fond of this latest real cover story.


The accompanying story to the cover by Karl Vick, titled “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We?” describes the way that Trump is changing the perception of what America is, not just for Americans, but also for the world. Vick notes that since Trump’s inauguration, the president has said “’equality’ only 12 times and ‘human rights’ just 10 times.”

However, some have criticized the story and the cover for its treatment of the subjects they are representing, for not taking a hard enough stance on the policy’s connection to white supremacy, and for exploiting the trauma of immigrant children for shock value—especially given this morning, BuzzFeed News reported that ICE doesn’t know the Honduran child’s name or current whereabouts.  

Trump has yet to comment on the cover, but given his usual disdain for media criticism, it’s likely only a matter of time. Whatever he says in public, we can be fairly certain this cover won’t be hung in even one of his resorts.

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Jun 21, 2018, 11:41 am CDT