Reina Isabella, who asked to be identified only by her first and middle name, had not seen her daughter Diana in 40 days.
When she was returned to the Border Patrol processing center, officials told her Diana had been taken away.
They wouldn’t say where, or let her phone her daughter, said Reina, who was moved to the T. Don Hutto detention center more than 300 miles north near Austin.
There she met staff from Austin-based nonprofit Grassroots Leadership, which helped her as she applied for asylum based on her fear of returning to El Salvador. Read more about What it took to reunite one immigrant family separated under U.S. 'zero tolerance' policy