19 Dec. 2018
TORNILLO, UNITED STATES
Immigrant children are led by staff in single file between tents at a detention facility next to the Mexican border in Tornillo, Texas, U.S., June 18, 2018. Reuters photographer Mike Blake: "It was a lot of teamwork that made this picture happen, from finding the location to hunting down an aircraft for aerials while I flew into Texas on a commercial flight. The Trump administration's new policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border had begun, but no one really understood until these images were transmitted out to the world the scale and reality of what was going on. After factoring in flight time to the camp, I asked the pilot to wait on the ground for an hour, thinking there was more likely to be movement around dinner time, the light being better then as well. This image was shot with a 600mm lens from 1,000 feet out the window of a small plane as we circled near the little town of Tornillo, Texas on the U.S.-Mexican border. The flight was hot and bumpy and the turbulence made it extremely difficult to even frame the image in the viewfinder. Reuters was the first to show such aerial images of the camp and, in the next morning when both the New York Times and Washington Post fronted their print editions with what I had photographed, President Trump signed an order ending the separation policy." REUTERS/Mike Blake SEARCH "IMMIGRATION POY" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "REUTERS POY" FOR ALL BEST OF 2018 PACKAGES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY.