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The policy that resulted in kids and their parents being separated at the border was enacted by Trump, whose administration then went back and forth between blaming it on Democrats and denying it existed.

The powerful original photograph, taken at the scene of a border detention by Getty Images photographer John Moore, became one of the iconic images in the flurry of media coverage about the separation of families by the Trump administration.

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.

But he learned this week that his wife and daughter were not, in fact, separated.

Moore told the Post that in the dark he had not been able to count the number of women and children. "All I wanted to do was pick her up, but I couldn't". "I can only imagine what dangers she'd passed through, alone with the girl". "As the border patrol took peoples' names down, I could see a mother holding a young child", Moore said on Weekend Edition Sunday to Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

Though he said she had planned to apply for political asylum, Hernandez did not mention any political persecution that might have justified the claim. 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".

Hernandez said that the first news of his wife's and daughter's fate came when he saw Moore's photograph.

The PM also called Australia's system "humane" and "compassionate" said families stayed together. "In the balance between the integrity of the USA border with Mexico and a parent's love for a child, where will we come down?" She was transferred to ICE custody on June 17, and is being housed at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Tex., the statement read.

Asked if he would also like to come to the USA, he said, "of course, someday".

"On June 12, 2018, Sandra Maria Sanchez, 32, a previously deported woman from Honduras illegally re-entered the United States,". Her immigration proceedings are ongoing.