By Associated Press - Monday, April 27, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Families disrupted by deportation were able to reunite — briefly — during a special event at the U.S.-Mexico border.

U-T San Diego reports ( ) that a rusty gate at Border Field State Park was opened Sunday for Children’s day, a Mexican holiday that celebrates children and family.

Event organizer Father Dermot Rodgers said the brief reunions were also meant to draw attention to what he called a broken immigration system.

The gate has only been opened once before, in 2013, since the border fence went up in the mid-1990s.

Four families were given just minutes to embrace loved ones. For some, it was their first chance to meet up in years.

Many of the families were separated when relatives were deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. without documentation.


Information from: U-T San Diego,

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