A child whose photo has become an emblem of the family separation crisis at the border was in fact never apart from her mother, according to the Daily Mail. What’s more, she was, essentially, stolen from her father and taken on a journey he considered dangerous.
The Daily Mail writes:
Denis Javier Varela Hernandez, 32, said that he had not heard from his wife Sandra, 32, who was with his two-year-old daughter Yanela Denise, for nearly three weeks until he saw the image of them being apprehended in Texas.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Hernandez, who lives in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, says that he was told yesterday that his wife and child are being detained at a family residential center in Texas but are together and are doing ‘fine.’
‘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.
Denis said his wife and daughter were never separated by border control agents and remain together.
The photo is heartbreaking, but it simply depicts the child’s reaction during the detention of her and her mother.
I wonder if this will screw up the photographer’s no-doubt upcoming Pulitzer.
That didn’t stop the supposedly objective MSM newsmagazine Time from using it to editorialize.
President Trump Friday morning tweeted that Democrats were peddling “phony stories of sadness and grief.”
We must maintain a Strong Southern Border. We cannot allow our Country to be overrun by illegal immigrants as the Democrats tell their phony stories of sadness and grief, hoping it will help them in the elections. Obama and others had the same pictures, and did nothing about it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2018