Unreal: Crying child on Time cover ‘never separated by border control agents,’ mom paid smuggler, father says

In what can only be seen as a propaganda hit piece, Time magazine showed President Trump scowling at a crying little child on its cover, giving the impression that the chief executive doesn’t care about children being separated from their families at the border.  But, the UK Daily Mail reported, the father of that two-year-old toddler said the girl was never separated from her family by border control agents.

There’s more — much more.

According to the Daily Mail:

Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are 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,’ he said.

According to Denis, his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.

So much for the propaganda.

And there’s more.  According to Denis, his wife paid a smuggler to get her and the girl across the border:

Denis said that he believes the journey across the border is only worth it to some degree, and admits that it’s not something he would ever consider.

He said he heard from friends that his wife paid $6,000 for a coyote – a term for someone who smuggles people across the border.

‘I wouldn’t risk my life for it. It’s hard to find a good job here and that’s why many people choose to leave. But I thank God that I have a good job here. And I would never risk my life making that journey.’

So where did the photo of the crying girl come from?

The report explains:

(Getty photographer John) Moore, who has worked on the border with Mexico for years and has won a Pulitzer for his photography, has said the the image of Yanela was the last one he took that night.

Speaking to People magazine he said that the girl’s mother was the last to be searched and a female agent asked her to put Yanela down so she could pat her down.

Moore said: ‘The mother hesitated and then set down the little girl and the child immediately started crying.

“As a father, it was very emotional for me just to hear those cries. When I saw this little girl break down in tears I wanted to comfort this child,” Moore said.  “But as a photojournalist we sometimes have to keep photographing when things are hard. And tell a story that people would never see.”

Naturally, the Democrats used the photo as part of their propaganda campaign, even though the girl was not separated from her mother:

Others also spread the propaganda lie:

And of course, was used by Time:


The Daily Wire noted:

Major national news publications ran with the image, noting that it was now the face of the campaign against the Trump administration’s immigration policy of separating families at the border even though this has been going on for years and is not new to his administration.

CNN wrote: “The crying girl is quickly becoming the human face of President Donald Trump’s new “zero-tolerance” immigration policy, which has resulted in separations of undocumented parents and kids.”-

USA Today wrote: “Since June 12, the photo has been shared thousands of times on social media and is currently the cover photo for a Facebook campaign raising money for legal fees to reunite children separated from their parents at the border.”

The Washington Post wrote: “By now, millions of people have seen a photo of a 2-year-old girl screaming while a U.S. border agent pats down her mother. Taken last Tuesday, the image has become a symbol of the Trump administration’s new ‘zero tolerance’ border policies, which have caused hundreds of children to be removed from the parents who brought them here.”

Now that the lie has been exposed, will the Democrat-media complex do a mea culpa?  Of course not, because the media isn’t interested in telling the truth — it only seeks to spread liberal propaganda — even if it ends up getting someone killed.


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A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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