Hundreds of families reunite at border for annual ‘Hugs Not Walls’ event

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Hundreds of local families reunited at the U.S.-Mexico border on Saturday for the annual “Hugs Not Walls” gathering.

Organized by the Border Network For Human Rights, the fifth annual event allows families separated by deportations and immigration laws to spend a few special minutes together in the middle of the Rio Grande.

First-time participant Rodolfo Arevalo had the opportunity to see his parents and siblings in Mexico for the first time in two years.

“It was very nice; that moment was very nice,” Arevalo’s wife, Marisela Santos, tells KTSM. “I felt very happy.”

The Border Network For Human Rights aims to select different families to participate each year.

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