Crying girl on the border

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Submitted: April 13, 2019

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The picture Crying girl on the border shot by John Moore has won the World Press Photo award this year. The award is given to a photograph of a news photo that's somehow moving and usually very controversial in some ways. The winner of this year's nominees is a pretty famous photo, as it gave a face to the immigration issue in the United States. The face is this year a little girl, who's crying as her mother is being frisked by someone. The picture was taken in McAllen, Texas, on June 2018. 

The emotion in the picture is obvious, and it's the sad reality of the so-called "national emergency". Don't get me wrong, immigration is an issue, but to call something that's nothing out of the ordinary like people seeking asylum, a national emergency, is not very convincing, if you do that and go play golf the same day. Just saying. 

The people that are hurt in the process, are the kids. I feel horrible for them myself, because even if I dislike kids, they should have the right to grow up somewhere safe. Just the idea of the picture is sad, because okay, it's alright for the officials of the country to see that the refugees aren't bringing anything illegal into the country, but the kid is crying. Did the guys checking them in think that it might not be the best idea to search a woman when her kid is right in front of her? The girl is probably scared and has no idea what's going on. How about not doing that right then and there, or at least having someone look for the child and explain the situation?

The fact that this photo was chosen as the winner, is an obvious show of criticism against the US-Mexico border situation. The fact that the US has been separating children from their parents, is inhumane. The fact that the whole world knows about it, but doesn't do anything, isn't surprising, but it is sad. The fact that people, even kids, die in the immigration centers near the border, tells that the US and the people in charge of those people don't really give a shit. The fact that Donald Trump can just tell the place is full and they won't take anymore of the people bringing drugs and violence, is ignorant. 

Sorry if I'm ranting, but if there is something Trump as a president should do, is get some perspective I doubt he's ever met any of these people who cross the border in search of a better life. If he think they're all animals and gang-members, he obviously haven't met people like the girl in this picture. Maybe instead of blaming things like the opioid crisis, which is mostly due to prescription drugs, on immigrants, he should realize that most of them are normal people, trying to get away from the violence he's describing. 

The situation is wrong, but making the US the martyrs like Trump is trying, is ridiculous. If you look a few years back, Europe faced one of the largest amount of refugees fleeing into the continent. Sure, it was an issue, and not everyone like those people even know, but most of them are normal people. They are people with families who just want to live somewhere safe, not in the middle of a war zone that, surprisingly enough, Trump isn't doing much about. Sure, the refugee crisis caused some issues, and it was a crisis, but not because the people in Europe felt bad about it. It was a crisis because the people needed help and the countries that took them in didn't know what to do with them, but hey. They figured it out and didn't just leave hundreds of people to drown in the sea.

The US has always had refugees come to the country. If there are more than usually, then that's because the situation in the other countries is worse, and Trump is not helping if he's cutting foreign aid from them. It's not a national emergency in the US. The US is a large country, people seeking refuge at the southern border doesn't mean the people of Ohio are going to die from it. Besides, if Trump is really managing to put all the extra money into border security, why can't they take more people anymoe? Shouldn't more money mean more resources to help the people actually in need, or is it all going for that ridiculous wall? 


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