Mother and daughter were reunited tearfully on a sidewalk in El Paso in December 2006, only three days before the girl’s fourth birthday.
For Monica Castro, that moment represented the end of her three-year fight to regain custody of her daughter, whom U.S. Border Patrol agents allowed to accompany her father to Mexico when he was deported. The girl was born in Texas and is a U.S. citizen, as is Castro. The father, Omar Gallardo, was an undocumented immigrant.
For the little girl, the reunion was confusing and sad. Her mother was a stranger. She wanted to go back to Mexico to the only family she had known.
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