On Sunday five families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border gathered on both sides of the fence dividing San Diego from Tijuana in hopes of briefly embracing their loved ones. The initiative, called “Opening the Door of Hope,” was a joint effort by the U.S. Border Patrol and pro-immigration NGO Border Angels to momentarily open the gates at Friendship Park, which divides the two nations.

The symbolic event, an act to commemorate Children’s Day, allowed five chosen families to reunite for a brief and tearful 3-minute hug. Prior to the event, the families underwent a selection process in which they were screened by both border patrol and the NGO. The emotional images are a painful reminder of what a broken immigration system looks like, and the human toll it takes on families divided.

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