Did the TIME Magazine capture the social-political mood of America in their latest edition? Many would agree that they did. TIME Magazine has been releasing path-breaking covers, which reflect the political mood of the world and more importantly the political mood of its home country — United Sates of America.
In its latest edition, which can be catagorised as a severe criticism of US President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, TIME Magazine features Donald Trump towering over and looking down at a little crying Honduran girl, who has become the face of the global campaign against the US government’s move to ban illegal immigration.
The image, which has a red background, is a juxtaposition of two figures standing next to each other — one helpless, crying and the other who considers himself the leader of the free world. The image, with a caption ‘Welcome to America’, draws comparison to Trump’s ‘muscular’ policy of separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border.
The photograph of the Honduran girl was clicked by Getty Images photographer John Moore.
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
Donald Trump and his administration after being under pressure from several quarters in their handling of the immigration crisis, on Wednesday ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border.
“What we have done today is we are keeping families together,” Trump said as he signed the executive order. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.” Trump said that even with the change, border enforcement will be “equally tough, if not tougher.”
The reversing of his policy came after more than 2,300 children were separated from their parents and adult relatives who had illegally crossed the border since May 5.
The deplorable conditions where the children were put up were condemned by the world.
Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump’s own party, as well as international accusation that the US was committing human rights violations.
Trouble seems to not end for the US First couple, on Thursday, the US First Lady Melania Trump during her visit to a children migrant shelter in Texas kicked up a controversy concerning her choice of jacket, which she chose to wear on the occasion. The coat featured a graffiti writing on its back that read: “I really don’t care do u?”.
While the choice of her coat was heavily criticised, Melania’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said there was “no hidden message” in the former fashion model’s sartorial choice. She lambasted the US media on Twitter for focusing on her fashion choice. US President Donald Trump came to Melania’s aide saying that the quote on Melania’s coat “refers to the Fake News Media”.