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Some 250 families embrace after opening border wall in New Mexico

By Agencia EFE
10/13/2018 | 06: 28 p.m.

Sunland Park. He
border wall was opened today by immigration authorities and about 250
families, who are separated for immigration reasons, could
embrace for four minutes in the territories that separate the United States and
Mexico.

"Do not
We talked nothing, we just gave each other a hug. The time went by blown up. A) Yes,
as if it were a second, "he told Efe, with tears in his eyes, Rubí, a
23-year-old immigrant, who did not know her father in person, because she
arrived newborn to the United States, without legal documents.

Rubí mentioned
who took the opportunity of the sixth event "Abrazos No Muros" and
that I travel with five family members from Colorado Springs to the border of
New Mexico to be able to embrace with his family in Mexico.

The families
who participated in the binational event traveled from various entities of
United States including Kansas, Colorado, California, Illinois, as well as
Several cities in New Mexico and Texas.

"I feel
A lot of helplessness not being able to run to embrace them. See them so close but far away
the time, "explained a 16-year-old immigrant, moments before seeing for the first time
once in person to his grandmother and his uncles.

From the side
Mexican people who resided in the states of Durango, Veracruz,
Mexico City, Jalisco, Chihuahua, among others, according to reports from the
organizers

After what
the four minutes allowed for the family meeting will be exhausted, Jasmine
Marquez, 31, kissed her husband, who was on the side
Mexican, while she was carrying her three-year-old daughter Ximena, who
I cried and repeated: "Dad, dad."

"He
I wanted to go there with his dad. He is deported since she has six
months, "he said.

The sixth edition
of "Abrazos No Muros" took place today in a border area
where it is built on border wall, steel bollard, 18
feet tall.

The group
organizer of binational events, The Border Network for Rights
Humans, based in El Paso, Texas, agreed with the Border Patrol that the
open a door of the wall so that the meeting could be made.

"Is a
historical event, unprecedented. The hugs of children and parents, and husbands,
They are defeating this wall and the symbol of the wall, "Fernando told Efe
García, executive director of the group.

I affirm that
This is a call for attention to the country and the world in protest of the current
US immigration policies.

(EFE)

Garcia
He thanked the Border Patrol for opening the doors of the wall.

"State
United does not deserve and migrants do not deserve so much aggression and so much separation
how is it being done? Thousands of families are separated. It has to reform
the migratory model, "he said.

Agents of the
Border Patrol were present during the event, as in
previous encounters.

On the side
American there is a desert desert; while in Mexico side there
some houses, built meters away from the border wall.

The
organization has pointed out that this event may be the last one
in the region but will insist to organize it in the future.

The editions
They have sought to generate an impact in Washington D.C. help to counteract the
anti-immigrant narrative of the president, Donald Trump, according to the
organizers

At
The meeting was attended by members of several groups from both countries, including
Christian churches, as well as representatives of both the Texas Senate and the
state government of Chihuahua, Mexico.

In February
2016, before the visit of Pope Francisco to Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico, the Network
Border for Human Rights organized an event where hundreds of families
from both sides they met in the then metal fence that divided Sunland
Park and Anapra.

In his third
working day in the White House, Trump signed an executive order to
authorize the construction of the border wall with Mexico.

On 21
September, the Border Patrol announced the construction of a steel wall,
in a four-mile stretch in El Paso, Texas, as part of an order
executive and so continue with the existing barrier other sections of the border
with Mexico.

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