Hundreds of local families gathered at the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday morning for a special “Hugs Not Walls” event.
For a few brief moments, the border gates near Anapra and Sunland Park opened to allow more than 240 families to reunite with one another.
“Its crazy and kind of torturing only being there three minutes, but at the end I think its worth it after 14 years,” Nubia Marquez tells KTSM.
For a brief moment, worries surrounding the families’ immigration status are replaced with hugs, tears, and hope to once day reunite without walls.
“It gives us a chance to keep our hopes up, keep that love going and don’t give up on it,” Edgar Castro said.
Construction of the border wall is already underway near Downtown El Paso as part of President Trump’s executive order.
“Current border policies are having an unprecedented impact on our families,” Fernando Garcia of the Border Network for Human Rights said.
This was the sixth time the Border Network for Human Rights has hosted the event.