Time magazine exposed itself as “fake news” again amid revelations that the crying girl it plastered on its anti-Trump cover was not separated from her mom the way it claimed.
It turns out that the person who separated the little girl from her Honduras-based family was her own mother. The girl’s father told the Daily Mail his wife Sandra Maria Sanchez basically kidnapped their 2-year-old daughter, Yanela Denise, and snuck into the U.S. against his wishes. Sandra abandoned her three other children: Wesly, 14, Cindy, 11, and Brianna, 6.
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez said he hadn’t heard anything from his wife Sandra or daughter Yanela for three weeks until he saw the photo of her being pulled over at the Texas border.
The photo was splashed across the covers of the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and other newspapers to foment anti-Trump outrage amid the decades-long border crisis.
Hernandez, 32, has since learned that his wife and daughter are doing well and are being detained together at a taxpayer-funded family residential center in Texas.
“You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart,” Hernandez said. “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.”
Sandra Maria Sanchez was deported back to Honduras in 2013 and got pulled over by Texas police in June 2018 when they snuck across the border in defiance of federal law.
Because she had been deported before, Sandra should’ve been criminally prosecuted under President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, which means she should have been separated from Yanela. But that did not happen, according to an ICE statement:
On June 12, 2018, Sandra Maria Sanchez, 32, a previously deported woman from Honduras illegally re-entered the United States. She was arrested by agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Border Patrol near Hidalgo, Texas, while traveling with a family member.
On June 17, 2018, Sanchez was transferred to ICE custody, and is currently housed at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Her immigration proceedings are ongoing.
On July 3, 2013, Sanchez was encountered by immigration officials in Hebbronville, Texas. On July 9, 2013, she was transferred to ICE ERO custody. On July 18, 2013, Sanchez was removed to Honduras under expedited removal.
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez said he is employed in the Honduras and his family lived well, but his wife wanted to go to the United States to experience “the American dream.”
For the record, a Dictionary.com search of the “American Dream” defines it as: “The ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.”
Nowhere in the definition does the “American dream” entail kidnapping a child and illegally smuggling her into the United States and then living free in a taxpayer-funded residential center.
Despite the fact that Sandra was not being persecuted in her homeland, she’s seeking asylum, even though she’s an economic migrant. That’s a huge slap in the face to actual political refugees, who need asylum for legitimate reasons.
Hernandez said Sandra paid $6,000 to smugglers to sneak her and their daughter illegally into the U.S. but all he wants is to be reunited with his child. Hernandez said he hopes his daughter gets deported back home.
“I don’t have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don’t know what could happen,” he said. “I never got the chance to say goodbye to my daughter and now all I can do is wait.”
Twitter pointed out that the mainstream media’s lies have been blowing up in their faces in their desperate attempts to attack President Trump, who merely wants to protect Americans by securing the nation’s borders.
I spoke to the father of the little Honduran girl photographed crying at the border. He says he has yet to speak to his wife and daughter but reveals they were never separated and are 'safe' https://t.co/SkZ7VHKlqc
— Karen Ruiz (@_kareruiz) June 21, 2018
The official Twitter account of the Democratic Party still has not deleted this fake-news post.
For when they delete it. pic.twitter.com/bJAUTisxQ5
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 22, 2018
Obama separated families at the border.
Obama housed unaccompanied minors in tent cities & in cages.
Obama prosecuted hundreds of thousands for illegal border crossings.
Obama deported millions.
Where was this TIME cover then?
(Yes, the children in cages photo was taken in 2014) pic.twitter.com/uywXO4FIBi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) June 21, 2018
Jorge Ramos of Univision still has not deleted this tweet even though the Spanish-language channel interviewed Yanela’s father and knows the girl was never separated from her mom.
This is Trump’s America. What’s going to happen to this 2-year-old Honduran girl? The new policy is to separate her from her mother. Shame!!! pic.twitter.com/vy6HtRupQE
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) June 14, 2018
The “illegal-family separation” crisis is the single biggest argument for a tall border wall.
Don’t forget this.
President Trump was right all along.
The @TIME cover story blowing up reinforces everything Trump has said:
*Fake News: She wasn't separated
*Not a first time crosser
*Claiming asylum when it doesn't apply
*Photos in media don't show the reality
*Put child in danger
*Treating him differently than Obama
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) June 22, 2018
Trump torches clueless, partisan ’60 Minutes’ host: ‘I’m president and you’re not’
**Update: TIME issued a correction (of sorts) to their piece and acknowledged:
“The girl was not carried away screaming by U.S. Border Patrol agents; her mother picked her up and the two were taken away together.”
The liberal publication, however, is still standing by their cover, stating it captures ‘the stakes of the moment.’
“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,” said the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal. “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.”
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