This photo that spread like wildfire, depicting a 2-year-old girl crying as her mother — both asylum seekers from Honduras — was detained at the Texas border, was taken right before the pair was sent "to a processing center for possible separation," Getty photographer John Moore told BuzzFeed.

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  • Per BuzzFeed, the family rafted across the Rio Grande and stopped in McAllen, Texas.
  • Moore said of the families stopped on Tuesday in Texas: "Most of these families were scared, to various degrees. I doubt any of them had ever done anything like this before — flee their home countries with their children, traveling thousands of miles through dangerous conditions to seek political asylum in the United States, many arriving in the dead of night."
  • BuzzFeed reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not respond to comment about what has happened to the girl and her mother.

Update: The Washington Post reports that the mother and the girl have been located, and they were not separated after this photo was taken. They were detained together at a facility in McAllen, Texas.

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