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The Photographer Who Took This Heart-Wrenching Photo Explains The Emotional Story Behind It

By Vanessa Nix Anthony

Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer John Moore, the man behind the now-famous viral photos of a young immigrant girl crying hysterically after being removed from her mother during a body search, spoke with CNN's Ana Cabrera on Sunday about how that photo came about.

Moore, a father himself, was in McAllen, Texas, a border town flanked by the Rio Grande River, taking photographs of soon-to-be-separated migrant families when he spotted the 2 1/2 year old Honduran asylum seeker and her mother.

At that moment, Moore said he knew something this mother and her tiny child did not—he knew that because of the new policy, the next stop for this small family would be at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center, where they would likely be detained and housed separately—her mother then prosecuted by the U.S. government. 

In the interview with CNN, Moore shared that he had to pull over to gather his emotions afterward and that he still doesn't know exactly what became of the child and her mother.