Time Magazine Makes Powerful Statement About American Immigration

Trump loves being on the cover of any magazine, but some people don't think he'll love this one all too much.

What you need to know
  • Time Magazine publishes a powerful cover about the child separation policy
  • Reactions to the cover call it powerful and controversial
  • The cover's release occurs as Melania Trump visits a Texas detention centre where children are being held

The Trump administration is no stranger to controversy, but this week global backlash to the policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.- Mexico border was overwhelming.

When images of children detained in cages at a Texas detention centre emerged there was outrage and disbelief. This saw all four living former first ladies and current first lady Melania Trump speak out against the policy.

Since then, Trump has signed an executive order to end the policy, but the issue is far from resolved.

Time Magazine's July 22 cover illustrates the power imbalance at the heart of the immigration policy.

President Trump is seen looming over a crying Honduran child. The image of the two-year-old was captured by Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Moore at the U.S. border as the girl watched her mother being detained by border officials.

The cover reads 'Welcome to America'.

In what is an obvious statement about the harsh nature of the child separation policy, the cover emphasises that immigration isn't a black and white parliamentary issue, but a very real, humanitarian one.

Reactions to the magazine's cover highlight the chilling nature of the image, many calling it honest, shocking and controversial.

Many also commented on Trump's love of being on the front of Time Magazine. Less than two weeks ago, when leaving the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trump said to Time reporter Brian Bennett,  "Am I on the cover again this week? Boy, have I -- so many covers."

Many seem to think Trump won't be too excited about being featured in this light.

On Thursday, first lady Melania Trump visited a Texas detention centre where children are being held without their parents. She said she wanted to personally help with the efforts to reunite children with the families.

There's no word yet on how this process will occur or if it has already begun.