More adults were being put behind bars as a result, which had led to their children being separated from them.
The stark cover features President Donald Trump looking down at the already iconic image of a child, a two-year-old girl from Honduras, separated from her family and crying in distress at the USA border. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also said that domestic and gang violence in immigrants' country of origin would no longer qualify them for political asylum status.
Julianne Moore, Kathy Griffin, Katie Holmes, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Laura Dern are just a few of the celebrities who have shared the powerful image, which features a photo of a 2-year-old Honduran girl crying as her mother was being detained in McAllen, Tex.
When Sandra left on her journey with Yanela, she left Hernandez behind with three other children - Wesly (14), Cindy (11), and Brianna (6). "Immediately I recognized her". Moore, who as a photojournalist has been covering the U.S. -Mexico border for a decade, said he did not see the pair separated but that policy at the time would indicate their separation.
"I could see the fear on their faces and in their eyes". "It's a very different scene now", he said, comparing his experiences photographing families at the border now and before Trump's new policy.
Keeping families together does not change the administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
It was the most prominent story on the homepage of the conservative news outlet, Breitbart, which called it a "fake news photo".
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull refused to comment on President Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.
Valera pushed back against the portrayal's of his daughter's story, saying it should not cast doubt on the "human rights violations" taking place at the border.
The images of children being separated from their parents and the uproar that has followed has been startling.
Multiple news outlets used the photograph as a symbol of the pain of families being separated by USA government officials.