Mexico-US border: Tearful reunions and a wedding

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U.S. Border patrol agents open a single gate to allow families to hug and talk along the Mexico and U.S border in Tijuana, Mexico, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
U.S. resident Brian Houston arrives to marry Evelia Reyes as Reyes' daughter Alexis looks on when U.S. Border patrol agents opened a single gate in the border wall to allow selected families short visits visit along the U.S. Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
A member of the U.S. Border patrol agent watches as she open a single gate to allow families to hug and converse along the Mexico and U.S border in Tijuana, Mexico, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
U.S. resident Brian Houston marries Evelia Reyes as U.S. Border Patrol agents open a single gate in the border wall to allow selected families to visit along the U.S.-Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. resident Brian Houston marries Evelia Reyes as U.S. Border Patrol agents open a single gate in the border wall to allow selected families to visit along the U.S.-Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. resident Brian Houston marries Evelia Reyes as U.S. Border patrol agents open a single gate for in the border wall to allow selected families to visit along the U.S.-Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. resident Brian Houston marries Evelia Reyes as U.S. Border patrol agents open a single gate to allow families to hug and converse along the Mexico and U.S border in Tijuana, Mexico, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
Bride Evelia Reyes and groom Brian Houston, living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, 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. The event was organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, in coordination with the Tijuana city government and the US Border Patrol. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO ARIAS (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
U.S. resident Brian Houston marries Evelia Reyes as U.S. Border Patrol agents open a single gate in the border wall to allow selected families to visit along the U.S.-Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Bride Evelia Reyes and groom Brian Houston, living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, 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. The event was organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, in coordination with the Tijuana city government and the US Border Patrol. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO ARIAS (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
Bride Evelia Reyes (C) and groom Brian Houston (out of frame), living on different sides of the US-Mexico border, speak 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. The event was organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, in coordination with the Tijuana city government and the US Border Patrol. / AFP PHOTO / GUILLERMO ARIAS (Photo credit should read GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A family embraces as U.S. Border patrol agents open a single gate in the border wall to allow selected families to embrace along the U.S. Mexico border at Border Field State Park in San Diego, California, U.S., November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake
U.S. Border patrol agents open a single gate to allow families to hug and converse along the Mexico and U.S border in Tijuana, Mexico, November 18, 2017. REUTERS/Jorge Duenes
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On November 18th, border patrol guards opened a gate along the U.S.-Mexico border to allow selected families to reunite as a part of  'Opening the Door of Hope'. The event, which is organized by the Border Angels migrant advocacy group, aims to bring families back together who have been previously separated due to deportation.

While tearful embraces were expected, none anticipated a wedding. 

Brian Houston, a U.S. resident, donned a grey suit as his bride to be, Evelia Reyes, a Mexican citizen, glowed in her beautiful white gown. According to the Washington Post, the bride and groom brought their own rings as they are not allowed to move items across the border. The new family was only as one briefly. Shortly after their wedding, Brian, Evelia and her daughter returned to their designated sides of the border and spoke until Friendship Park closed at 2 p.m. 

The images of the wedding are beautiful and heartbreaking. While their love for one another is as clear as day, so are the hardships they, and many Mexico and U.S. citizens, face when separated from those they love. 

The couple is currently working with an immigration lawyer to obtain a green card for Reyes. 

 

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