Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Oct 15 (EFE).- Thousands of undocumented Mexicans reunited Saturday with their loved ones in the border region between Mexico and the United States after years of being separated by their immigration status.
This meeting was possible thanks to the binational event “Hugs, not walls,” with which they were able to meet again for a few minutes.
Amid the jubilation on both sides of the border there were hugs and mariachis.
“Thanks to this program I will be able to see my family. I wish it wasn’t just three minutes, I wish it was an hour. I’m going to see my brother and sister-in-law. I have seen them on previous occasions on this same program, but my father died two years ago and I never got to see them,” Nuri Yanet, one of the attendees at the event, told EFE.
Another case is that of Juan Carlos Regoza, who was 18 without seeing his sister.
“I find the event fantastic, my father comes from Veracruz to see his daughter, it was a three-day trip. The important thing here is that there are no walls for love and I am very grateful,” he said.
He also said that “it is very difficult to be separated from your loved ones, I do not recommend it to anyone.”
One more example is that of Melanie Solis, who told EFE that “I am going to see my sister, I haven’t seen her for eight years and I don’t know my niece, she is four.”
For Solis, this is “a great opportunity,” since she will finally meet her family on the other side of the Mexican border.
“Very happy that we will be able to give hugs to our loved ones,” she added. EFE