Showing the toddler's distress while her mother is searched and detained, the image has become a defining symbol of the impact of the Trump administration's immigration policy, where parents and children entering the United States illegally have been separated at the border. But the father of the girl confirmed to The Washington Post Thursday night that the child and mother were not separated.
The iconic image of his daughter, taken by Getty Images photographer John Moore, was used on a Facebook fundraiser that drew more than $17 million dollars (£12.7) in donations. As a result, children traveling with migrant adults are often taken to shelters separately until they can be reunited with their parents, a family member, or a sponsor.
She was depicted screaming while a US Customs and Border Patrol agent patted down her mother at a border crossing in southern Texas' Rio Grande Valley.
However, Moore did not appear to confirm whether the two had, in fact, been separated.
"You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter", 32-year-old Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told the Daily Mail.
Honduran deputy foreign minister Nelly Jerez confirmed Valera's account to Reuters. According to new federal policies, he said, she would be taken from her mother when the van reached its destination. On June 17, 2018, Sanchez was transferred to ICE custody, and is now housed at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas. Sanchez had told her husband that she hoped to go the U.S.to seek a better life for her children, away from the dangers of their home country.
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He added they had since applied for asylum after travelling from Honduras without telling him or their other three children. The issue will hit stands on July 2.
After Sanchez left, Valera had no way to contact her or learn of her whereabouts. Moore further said that he really wanted to "pick the girl up" at that moment but he couldn't.
An executive order signed by Mr Trump will keep families together at the border, but it comes too late for the 2,300 children who have already been split from their parents. Why would she want to put our little girl through that?
"As a father myself, it was very hard for me to see these families detained, knowing that they would soon be split up", Moore told Getty's blog Foto. When the mother set her daughter down so that she could be searched and the young girl began to cry, Moore said he "was nearly overcome with emotion myself".
'I am waiting to see what happens with them'. "It's a very different scene now", he said, comparing his experiences photographing families at the border now and before Trump's new policy. It does not change the policy of charging all those apprehended crossing or attempting to cross the border with criminal charges, nor does it change any refugee status or procedure.
It was the most prominent story on the homepage of the conservative news outlet, Breitbart, which called it a "fake news photo".
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