More Lies on the Border: Time Magazine Edition

See that Time magazine cover? It’s brilliant. It illustrates in stark terms the liberal/elite narrative about the current crisis on the border: President Trump is taking babies away from their mothers, who are only trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. Or, as the Daily Kos put it: “Donald Trump is a monster.”

The only trouble is, it’s a lie. A big, fat, stupid, brazen lie.

But Time is standing by it. (The magazine did, however, issue a correction for misreporting the circumstances surrounding the photo in another story.)

In a statement, a Time spokesman said:  “The June 12 photograph of the 2-year-old Honduran girl became the most visible symbol of the ongoing immigration debate in America for a reason. Under the policy enforced by the administration, prior to its reversal this week, those who crossed the border illegally were criminally prosecuted, which in turn resulted in the separation of children and parents. Our cover and our reporting capture the stakes of this moment.”

Well, that’s certainly one way of looking at it. Give ’em credit for audacity.

I chose the original photo to accompany Pedro Gonzalez’s latest, “All Those Lies on the Border,” because the image—and the way it went viral—captures the way the Democrats and their kept press have exploited and distorted the current crisis.

It’s an undeniably powerful image and I wouldn’t be surprised if Getty Images photographer John Moore wins a Pulitzer for it. The story behind the photo is a fascinating one. Moore wasn’t certain at first what happened to the toddler.

But the truth is, the little girl was not taken from her mother or put in a cage someplace. That’s the fact of the matter. About 2,000 children have been separated from their illegal alien parents at the border, and for good reason: the law (and a federal consent decree) require it.

The girl’s father in Honduras confirmed she and her mother are in detention together. Yet even he recognized the propaganda power of the image. He told the Washington Post, “he felt ‘proud’ that his daughter has ‘represented the subject of immigration’ and helped propel changes in policy.”

Our immigration system is in this mess largely because Congress has failed to act. Congress has failed to act largely because the legislation that the leaders of both parties seem to want is at odds with popular opinion. We are not a nation with open borders. Americans will welcome immigrants who come to contribute to the common good of the country and play by the rules. We look askance at people who break our laws the very moment they cross the border. This is precisely why we need “a big, beautiful wall” with a “big, beautiful door” for people who legitimately seek refuge and want to make a new life here.

About Ben Boychuk

Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a former weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including City Journal, Investor's Business Daily, and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.

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