Split families get tearful reunion as US-Mexico border opens briefly

There was an emotion-filled encounter where six families got to reach across the international divide and embrace their loved ones momentarily at the “Opening the Door of Hope”; the recurring event sponsored by the group Border Angels at Friendship Park on Sunday, April 30.

Each family got three minutes to connect with family members while Border Patrol agents manned the gate and kept watch at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The brief relaxing of the border was a humanitarian effort for Universal Children’s Day.

Jannet Lorenzo, 31, was one member of those six families who was able to take part of the day to celebrate Mexico’s Children’s Day, in the event organized by Border Angels.

Lorenzo had last hugged her mother in the US seven years ago was able to hold onto her mother for the first time since 2010, reported the San Diego Union-Tribune.

She told the news outlet: ‘I was shaking, and my heart was beating really hard. The three minutes passed right away. I thought I was there for one minute.’

The special reunion was bittersweet as she soon had to say goodbye and has serious fears if they will ever be together again with the Trump administration calling for stricter immigration policy.

Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall along the border.

Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, said he wasn’t certain when the border gate will be opened again in this manner. Last year, there were two such events.

Border Angels is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform and social justice.

Gates in the border fence make it possible to deal with emergencies and repairs, a Border Patrol agent said. Sunday’s event was the fifth such opening organized by Border Angels.

The reunion, which allowed family and friends to hug and kiss for a few minutes, happened at the fence on the Tijuana-San Diego border.

The door opening was organized by pro-migrants NGOs and local authorities in coordination with the United States Border Patrol.

The gate, along Border Field State Park in California, was also opened for a few minutes in 2015 and 2013.

On their Instagram account, BorderAngels shared some touching scenes: “Border Angels was able to set an agreement with California Border Patrol to allow families to reunite, or meet for the first time, at Friendship Park’s emergency gate. This is the 5th time Border Angels has organized this event and we hope to continue opening ‘the door of hope.'”
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Inquirer.Net, San Diego Union-Tribune