From the article:
She penned "Blanca Maria Alfaro" but officers laughed and ripped it up, she said.
"I told them I was from here, from the United States. They insisted, no, I was from El Salvador," she said.
After hours, they told her that if she didn't tell them her correct name she'd go to jail — where there were "a lot of bad women," Alfaro said. Tired, scared and frustrated, she wrote down her half-sister Mayra's name.
Great work by immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson to get this matter straightened out.