The iconic ‘crying girl’ image featured on TIME Magazine’s cover to highlight the issue of “family separation” was never -in fact- separated from her family, confirms the arresting officer and the photographer on the scene.
CBS News tracked down the Border Patrol Agent and the photographer to get the behind-the-scenes story of what led to the infamous photograph, with the officer saying the girl was separated from her mother for less than two minutes while he conducted a search.
NEW: Surprising story behind the viral photo of a toddler crying along the border. @ICEgov says it did not separate the family. The mother, Sandra Maria Sanchez, was illegally re-entering the US after she was previously deported in 2013. @CBSThisMorning @DavidBegnaud pic.twitter.com/OI8dr9ZqbE
— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) June 22, 2018
“They’re using it to symbolize a policy, and that’s not the case with this picture. It took less than two minutes, and once the search was finished she picked the girl up, and the girl stopped crying,” added the agent.
Watch the stunning revelation above.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Trump Signs Executive Order to End ‘FAMILY SEPARATIONS’ at the Border
President Trump officially signed an executive order Wednesday afternoon, effectively ending “family separations” occurring at the US-Mexico border where illegal immigrants are detained after crossing into the United States.
The President spoke with reporters after signing the order in the Oval Office, saying his administration will focus on “border security” but will now permit families to “stay together” while being processed by federal immigration agents.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 20, 2018
“I’ll be doing something that’s somewhat preemptive and ultimately will be matched by legislation I’m sure,” said the President earlier Wednesday.
The issue now heads to Congress, where the President hopes a permanent solution can be forged by both Democrats and Republicans.
THE ORDER: Read the Full Text of President Trump's Executive Order on ‘Family Separations’
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that pledged to keep immigrant “families together” while they’re being processed by federal agents; urging Congress to pass a permanent solution to the escalating border crisis.
Read the full text of the President’s executive order below:
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws. Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time. When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code. This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.
Sec. 2. Definitions. For purposes of this order, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Alien family” means
(i) any person not a citizen or national of the United States who has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States, who entered this country with an alien child or alien children at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained; and
(ii) that person’s alien child or alien children.
(b) “Alien child” means any person not a citizen or national of the United States who
(i) has not been admitted into, or is not authorized to enter or remain in, the United States;
(ii) is under the age of 18; and
(iii) has a legal parent-child relationship to an alien who entered the United States with the alien child at or between designated ports of entry and who was detained.
Sec. 3. Temporary Detention Policy for Families Entering this Country Illegally. (a) The Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, maintain custody of alien families during the pendency of any criminal improper entry or immigration proceedings involving their members.
(b) The Secretary shall not, however, detain an alien family together when there is a concern that detention of an alien child with the child’s alien parent would pose a risk to the child’s welfare.
(c) The Secretary of Defense shall take all legally available measures to provide to the Secretary, upon request, any existing facilities available for the housing and care of alien families, and shall construct such facilities if necessary and consistent with law. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.
(d) Heads of executive departments and agencies shall, to the extent consistent with law, make available to the Secretary, for the housing and care of alien families pending court proceedings for improper entry, any facilities that are appropriate for such purposes. The Secretary, to the extent permitted by law, shall be responsible for reimbursement for the use of these facilities.
(e) The Attorney General shall promptly file a request with the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California to modify the Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Sessions, CV 85-4544 (“Flores settlement”), in a manner that would permit the Secretary, under present resource constraints, to detain alien families together throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings for improper entry or any removal or other immigration proceedings.
Sec. 4. Prioritization of Immigration Proceedings Involving Alien Families. The Attorney General shall, to the extent practicable, prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.
Sec. 5. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented in a manner consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
DONALD J. TRUMP
THE WHITE HOUSE,
June 20, 2018.