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Bride Evelia Reyes, who lives in Mexico, and groom Brian Houston, who lives in San Diego, stand for a family portrait after getting married during a briefly reunited during the ‘Opening the Door of Hope’ event at the border fence gate in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico on November 18, 2017. They signed a few documents from the Tijuana municipal authorities, posed for pictures, embraced — and became husband and wife. (Credit: GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
With a creak and a groan, the heavy steel gate on the fence between the United States and Mexico at Border Field State Park slowly swung open on its rusty hinges just after noon.
A trio of Border Patrol agents pulled it open wider, revealing a tightly packed crowd of Mexican citizens and media with cameras peering north.
For much of the next hour on Saturday, people from the U.S. side walked partly through the gate — into the waiting arms of relatives in Mexico.
For three minutes, each family hugged, cried, tousled the hair of children or grandchildren some were seeing for the first time, then bid a tearful goodbye.
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Bride Evelia Reyes (C) and groom Brian Houston (out of frame), living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, speak after becoming the first to couple to wed during the “Opening the Door of Hope” event at the border fence gate in Playas de Tijuana, Mexico on November 18, 2017. The event was organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, in coordination with the Tijuana city government and the US Border Patrol. (Credit: GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)