A Couple holds the first wedding at the ‘Door of Hope’ in the US-Mexico border wall.
A US man and a Mexican woman promise wed between the doors of a steel border gate which is opened for only an hour or so every year, at Border Field State Park in San Diego
Evelia Reyes, wore a white wedding dress with train and veil, embraced Brian Houston of San Diego after signing documents that made them husband and wife.
Houston, a U.S. citizen, said he couldn’t go into Tijuana for reasons he declined to explain but spoke daily with his bride. The couple has an attorney who is trying to obtain a green card for Reyes to join Houston in the U.S., Houston said, although that could take more than a year.
Houston told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “It’s a statement that love has no borders. Even though we are divided by a giant fence here, we can still love each other on both sides of the fence.”
Border Patrol agents opened the gate in the border wall at noon for an hour, allowing waiting family members from the U.S. to walk partly through and meet and embrace relatives in Mexico for a scant three minutes each before tearfully saying goodbye.
It was the sixth time that the gate has opened since 2013, allowing people from the U.S. and Mexico who cannot legally cross the border to visit without fear of deportation. At other times, families can talk but not touch through the steel fencing.
To arrange the wedding, the couple worked with Enrique Morones, executive director of the Border Angels group that organizes the gate openings.
Image Source: Howard Lipin//The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP