Girl In Iconic Photo Was Never Taken From Mom, But Mom Took Her From Dad

SandyMalone

The little girl whose image has come to represent the immigration debate was never actually separated from her mother.

McAllen, TX – The viral photo of the little girl who was supposedly crying after having been ripped from her mother’s arms at the U.S. border was never actually separated from her mother after she entered the United States.

Additionally, The Washington Post reported that the child, whose now iconic photo was used on the latest cover of Time magazine, had been taken by her mother from their home in Honduras against her father’s wishes.

Her father found out where she was when two-year-old Yanela’s image went viral worldwide as a battle cry for people furious with President Donald Trump’s administration separating children from their parents when their parent are arrested.

“The first second I saw it, I knew it was my daughter. Immediately, I recognized her,” Denis Javier Varela Hernandez told The Washington Post.

Sandra Sanchez, 32, had not made a secret of the fact that she wanted to move to the United States “to experience the American dream,” Varela Hernandez told The Daily Mail. But she didn’t tell her husband she was leaving and taking their youngest child.

Sanchez was deported from the United States after entering illegally in 2013, U.S. Customs and Immigrations Enforcement (ICE) told The Washington Post.

“I didn't support it. I asked her, why? Why would she want to put our little girl through that? But it was her decision at the end of the day,” Varela Hernandez told The Daily Mail.

The little girl’s father works as a captain in a port on the coast of Puerto Cortes, and he told The Daily Mail that things back home were “fine but not great.” However, his wife was seeking political asylum in the United States for herself and her daughter.

Sanchez didn’t tell her husband or family she was leaving and taking their daughter Yanela, and the first Varela Hernandez knew their whereabouts was when their picture popped up in the news.

“I never got the chance to say goodbye to my daughter and now all I can do is wait,” he said.

Varela Hernandez said that Sanchez left on the 1,800-mile journey with their daughter at 6 a.m. on June 3 without telling him, and he had not heard from her.

“I don't have any resentment for my wife, but I do think it was irresponsible of her to take the baby with her in her arms because we don't know what could happen,” the worried father said.

She left three other children behind, he told The Daily Mail.

“The kids see what's happening. They're a little worried but I don't try to bring it up that much. They know their mother and sister are safe now,” Varela Hernandez said.

He told The Daily Mail that he would never consider going across the border, and said he isn’t sure it’s worth it because he’s already got a good job in Honduras. He said friends told him that his wife had paid $6,000 for a coyote to smuggle them into the United States.

“I wouldn't risk my life for it. It's hard to find a good job here and that's why many people choose to leave. But I thank God that I have a good job here. And I would never risk my life making that journey,” Varela Hernandez said.

"You can imagine how I felt when I saw that photo of my daughter. It broke my heart. It's difficult as a father to see that, but I know now that they are not in danger. They are safer now than when they were making that journey to the border," he said.

The confusion over the family's circumstances happened in the middle of a dramatic and emotional week filled with battles over the Trump administration’s controversial “zero-tolerance” policy aimed at prosecuting everyone who crosses the U.S. border illegally, FOX News reported.

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President Trump has since issued an executive order that allowed families to stay together while their asylum claims are processed.

The misrepresentation of the family’s circumstances began when Time magazine ran a story, which has since been altered, that said the photographer had claimed the girl was carried away screaming by border patrol agents, The Washington Post reported.

Time later corrected the story to say they were taken away together, but the narrative had already been formed.

It was only the latest in a serious of media errors that President Trump has called “fake news.” Numerous staged pictures and photos from the previous administration’s immigration control efforts have been incorrectly blamed on the current administration.

Comments (17)
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Katarina
Katarina

Keep it up, media. The more you mislead, the closer we check your stories to find out what is Really happening. You can fool some of the people some of the time...you know how it goes.

maribill
maribill

There have been so many lies and false reports from trump and white house officials about the horrible situation with the refugee families and their children. The confusion with the photograph is no big deal, she could easily have been taken from her mother just as thousands of other children were separated from their parents. "I don't really care, do you"......

Bill589
Bill589

There have been so many lies and false reports from the Left about the horrible situation with the refugee families and their children. The confusion with the photograph is a big deal - there is no confusion - it is another Leftist lie. And about the Leftist medias' constant lying: "I don't really care, do you"......

Mrod3910
Mrod3910

Maybe this particular child was not separated from her parents yet she represents over 2,000 who were. It's a reality! A wise person will not focus on one child when the crisis is affecting 2,000. And let's not speak about lies or misleadings until we are able to hear from both sides. I don't see anything in this article referencing the mother's story. It is only when we are biased that we are also quick to judge.

Pat1978
Pat1978

I'm surprised when people visit a pro law and order website and don't see the problem with rewarding criminals for exploiting children.

Pat1978
Pat1978

Shoplifters also love bringing kids to avoid going to jail.

RetiredLEO29
RetiredLEO29

@Pat1978 I took many shoplifters to jail regardless of having children or not...second coming to the USA seeking asylum is not a crime....

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Has the mother filed a lawsuit against Time magazine for using her daughter’s image without a signed release form yet? Heheheee. I am sure some pos lawyer most have taken her case and talked her into suing. Lmao

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

Hopefully more and more people wake up and stop being sheep and see how much the main stream media outlets lie to us daily to push their agendas. Country needs to wake up and stay woke up.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Gasping .........The media lied again ?? So, what else is new, the media has been lying for it's living since it's beginning.

SgtDiesel
SgtDiesel

RetiredLEO29, like you, I have arrested folks who had children with them and if a responsible family member could not be located to take the children, they were picked up by DSS. However your second statement isn't exactly correct. Presenting oneself at a port of entry with a request for asylum isn't a crime, but illegally entering after having been previously deported is a felony. Requesting asylum after being caught doesn't change that.

Marxest
Marxest

I know that cover has been doctored, but goddamn if that ain't a good job! It's the same divisive venom that Animal in Chief Trump used to steal the election. I'll be buying that issue of TIME magazine!

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I don’t understand why the left thinks illegal immigration is ok? Try entering Mexico illegally with your children, you will be in a Mexican prison, separated from whatever children you decided to bring with you. I doubt there will be any outrage from Mexican citizens. Why is it ok for other countries to enforce their laws but not ok for the USA? Can someone explain this?

realDonaldTrump
realDonaldTrump

@Marxest yeah, there's a slight difference, he told the truth. Sorry if that is inconvenient for you.

@Thinblueline The left needs them for votes, get em in here any way they can, get em on welfare make em government dependent and secure the votes. And then make government even bigger. A self defeating system that can never work. What if we all quit our jobs and got on welfare?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

@realDonaldTrump forgot about that, same folks who get up in arms about voter ID laws, why would anyone want only citizens voting for the people who run this country, goes back to my original statement, try going to another country as a non citizen and voting on how to run their country and see how far that gets you.


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