Last week, Getty photographer John Moore snapped a picture of a despondent Honduran girl sobbing as a U.S. Border Patrol agent frisked her mother near the U.S.-Mexico border.
Major newspapers splashed the photo of the 2-year-old on their front pages, where it quickly became a symbol of the Trump administration’s policy of systematically separating child migrants from their parents. (It’s not immediately clear what happened to the unidentified child and her mother.)
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
Wow. What a powerful and heartbreaking front page.
'A 2-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is detained near the Mexican border in McAllen, Texas.' pic.twitter.com/FAjDWN0FCc
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 16, 2018
The young Honduran child is just one of many to cross the border in search of asylum in recent years. Many individuals and families have fled their homes in Central America due to political instability and violence.
As the photos below demonstrate, this pattern of migration is nothing new. What’s changed is how the Trump administration has decided to respond to it.
Last month, Trump administration officials announced a “zero-tolerance” policy in which they would begin prosecuting adult border-crossers for the misdemeanor crime of illegal entry while routing their children into the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Some of these kids have ended up in separate detention facilities far from their parents.
Nearly 2,000 children have already been removed from their families as a result of the administration’s policy, and hundreds more are being pried away each week.
The photos below show families and children that have attempted to cross the U.S.-Mexico border since 2017. Several reportedly turned themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol, and their current status isn’t known.
As families like these continue to attempt to cross the border, often under desperate circumstances, they will face possible separation due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy.
Undocumented immigrants who turned themselves in after crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. await processing near McAllen, Texas, on April 2, 2018.
Families who crossed the border near McAllen, Texas, on May 9, 2018.
A U.S. Border Patrol spotlight shines on a mother and son from Honduras on June 12, 2018, in McAllen, Texas.
Central Americans seeking asylum wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody on June 12, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.
A Honduran mother stands with her family at the U.S.-Mexico border fence on Feb. 22, 2018, near Penitas, Texas.
U.S. Border Patrol agents take a Central American family into custody on June 12, 2018 near McAllen, Texas.
U.S. Border Patrol agents take a father and son from Honduras into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018, near Mission, Texas.
A Central American family waits to be taken into custody on June 12, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.
Central American migrants wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take people into custody on June 12, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.
Two women and a child who crossed the border on Feb. 22, 2018, near McAllen, Texas.
A Honduran child who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her family on Jan. 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants, including this young child, into custody on Jan. 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
A Honduran woman and child on Jan. 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks birth certificates while taking Central American immigrants into detention on Jan. 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
Adults and children await processing near McAllen, Texas, on April 2, 2018.
Guatemalan immigrant families turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol near McAllen, Texas, on May 8, 2018.
U.S. Border Patrol agents take Central American immigrants into custody on Jan. 4, 2017, near McAllen, Texas.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.