The Photographer Who Took This Heart-Wrenching Photo Explains The Emotional Story Behind It

Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer John Moore, the man behind the now-famous viral photos of a young immigrant girl crying hysterically after being removed from her mother during a body search, spoke with CNN‘s Ana Cabrera on Sunday about how that photo came about.

Moore, a father himself, was in McAllen, Texas, a border town flanked by the Rio Grande River, taking photographs of soon-to-be-separated migrant families when he spotted the 2 1/2 year old Honduran asylum seeker and her mother.

At that moment, Moore said he knew something this mother and her tiny child did not—he knew that because of the new policy, the next stop for this small family would be at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center, where they would likely be detained and housed separately—her mother then prosecuted by the U.S. government. 

In the interview with CNN, Moore shared that he had to pull over to gather his emotions afterward and that he still doesn’t know exactly what became of the child and her mother.

According to Getty Images’ online zine, Foto, Moore:

 “has bore witness to the struggles of illegal immigrants for the past decade, collecting his often heartbreaking pictures into the book Undocumented: Immigration and the Militarization of the United States-Mexico Border.”

Many people tweeted out excerpts of Moore’s compelling CNN interview:

Two days ago, Department of Homeland Security spokesman Jonathan Hoffman told reporters that nearly 2000 children have been separated from their parents at the U.S. border in just 6 weeks since the new policy had been implemented.

The outcry from the public as a result of Moore’s photo and news of these enforced estrangements has been deafening:

Some offered ways you could take action:

Curiously, Melania Trump even got in on the discussion; as reported by ABC News, the FLOTUS issued an uncharacteristic statement today in response to the outrage over children being separated from their parents at illegal southern border crossings into the United States: 

  “Mrs. Trump hates to see children separated from their families and hopes both sides of the aisle can finally come together to achieve successful immigration reform,” the first lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. “She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart.”

Watch Moore’s whole gut-wrenching interview here:

H/T: Twitter, CNN, Foto