The photograph of Yanela crying was captured by Getty Images photographer John Moore. It was spread across the front pages of international newspapers and used to promote a Facebook fundraiser that has collected more than $18 million to help reunite separated families. 
Her husband, Denis Javier Varela Hernandez gave an interview with Dailymail.co.uk in which he revealed that his wife, Sandra, had paid $6,000 for a 'coyote' to Child traffic Yanela Hernandez across the US-Mexico border. 
'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. 
An interview with Border Patrol agent Carlos Ruiz told CBS News that they had not separated Yanela from Sarah:
"We asked her to set the kid down in front of her, not away from her, she was right in front of her...So we can properly search the mother," Ruiz said. "So the kid immediately started crying as she set her down. I personally went up to the mother and asked her 'Are you doing OK? Is the kid OK?' and she said, 'Yes. She's tired and thirsty. It's 11 o'clock at night.... They're using it to symbolize a policy and that was not the case in this picture," Ruiz said. "It took less than two minutes. As soon as the search was finished, she immediately picked the girl up, and the girl immediately stopped crying."