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Woman arrested by Border Patrol in viral video reunited with daughters

STUDIO CITY, Calif. -- A woman who was arrested by San Diego Border Patrol agents -- as seen in a viral video -- has been released on her own recognizance. She is now back with her daughters, CBS Los Angeles reports

The woman who posted the original video of the arrest that went viral posted a clip of the emotional reunion Tuesday night outside the Otay Mesa Detention Center.

Finally Perla with her daughters🙏🏽💕💕💕 #PerlaEsLibre La justicia siempre con Dios es Posible! ‼️‼️COMPARTAN ‼️‼️ Recuerden El GoFundMe porfavor ayuden a esta familia. 💕🙏🏽🎉🎉🎉🎉 https://www.gofundme.com/3moraleschildren

Posted by Judith Castro-Rangel on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Earlier in the day, The Associated Press reported that an immigration judge ordered Perla Morales-Luna released, saying the 36-year-old mother is neither a danger to society nor a flight risk.

Video of Morales-Luna's emotional March 8 arrest as her teen daughters looked on spread quickly on social media. At least one person could be heard crying uncontrollably as agents forced Morales-Luna into a vehicle and drove away.

After the arrest, Customs and Border Protection sent out several tweets, claiming Morales-Luna was a "human smuggling facilitator" for a large criminal operation. 

Immigration judge Zsa Zsa Depaolo said Tuesday it was not her place to consider the smuggling claims, and she "noted that three other people accused of ties to the trafficking claims were exonerated," according to the AP.

In the days following her arrest, an attorney representing Morales-Luna said, "She's never been arrested for anything as far as we can tell, so we're at bit of a loss as to why they're alleging the alien smuggling issue."

Judith Castro-Rangel, the woman who recorded the arrest, posted a video to her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon that reads: "Perla is free! Glory be to God!"

At a small press conference in front of the Otay Mesa Detention Center, where Morales-Luna was being held, her three daughters can be seen speaking to Spanish-language media outlets.

CBS Los Angeles was awaiting a response from the San Diego office of Customs and Border Protection as of Tuesday night.

Morales-Luna is reported to have been in the United States without documentation since she was a teenager. Her case is being sent to federal court.