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Mother of Unaccompanied 4-Year-Old Immigrant Speaks Out

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(HOUSTON) — A woman in Houston wants to know where her daughter is after her undocumented child came to the border on a journey from Honduras.

Gladys Lopez is in the U.S. illegally, and she paid a coyote $9,000 to bring her 4-year-old daughter, 17-year-old sister and 2-year-old niece here.

They were taken directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at the border.

Lopez said the coyotes tell parents ICE will let the children stay in America if they make it to the border.

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Maria Umanzor, 17; Nasly Umanzor, 2; Eliana Posadas, 4. (

She has only heard from her daughter once since June 18, and she is now fraught with worry about which detention center she’s in and how she’s doing.

Lopez was asked if she’d do this again.

“She says she would not do this again because it’s been very difficult to not know where her daughter is at this moment,” a translator said.

Lopez said she knows immigration is swamped with all of the children who have arrived at the border, and she does not blame government agents for not knowing where her daughter is right now.

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She said she’ll return home if her daughter is deported, so they can be reunited at last.

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