Margarita Piña couldn’t conceal her emotion as she waited to greet her son, whom she hadn’t seen since he left dwelling two years in the past in the course of the pandemic to hunt a greater future within the U.S.
“It’s very onerous as a result of we don’t know what they’re struggling over there,” Piña mentioned.
Figuring out their assembly can be restricted to solely 5 minutes, Piña mentioned she would make the most of the restricted time to inform him “that we nonetheless love you very a lot.”
It was the tenth version of the “Hugs, not partitions” occasion, which was organized by humanitarian teams close to the Casa de Adobe Museum within the border metropolis of Ciudad Juárez, which sprawls throughout the border from El Paso, Texas.
In contrast to at earlier reunions, a powerful guard of U.S. officers was current on the occasion, which got here simply days earlier than Washington will raise Title 42 asylum guidelines imposed for the pandemic that allowed the U.S. to expel greater than 2.8 million migrants since March 2020.
The top to the availability Thursday is predicted to encourage a surge of migrants towards the border, and U.S. authorities have beefed up safety, together with stringing barbed wire fencing. The federal government has mentioned 1,500 troops can be despatched to El Paso, along with 2,500 Nationwide Guardsmen already on the border.
“We’ve by no means had a border as militarized as in the present day,” mentioned Fernando García, head of the Community in Protection of the Rights of Migrants.
“There’s a struggle towards migrants, refugees, towards us border crossers,” he added.