by Cora Currier, The Intercept

When Leydi Duenas Claros was finally released after more than two months in immigration detention, her 1-year-old daughter didn’t recognize her.

“She didn’t want me to hold her, didn’t want me to touch her,” Duenas, who is 30 years old and from El Salvador, told The Intercept. “Now, I’ve been out almost a week, and she’s just starting to recognize me. It’s so sad.”

Duenas arrived at the bridge between Hidalgo, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico, in May. When she told U.S. border guards that she wanted to ask for asylum, the baby, then about 11 months old, was taken from her. Unlike in many cases of family separation that occurred under the Trump administration’s policy of “zero tolerance” at the border this spring, Duenas’s child is a U.S. citizen and never wound up in government custody. But the agony of separation was just as acute.

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