This Year The Border Opened Up Just Long Enough For This Couple To Get Married
Mexican bride, American groom exchange wedding vows as fence separating Tijuana and San Diego briefly opens. "It's a statement that love has no borders." https://t.co/yQM6bx9R43 pic.twitter.com/Xa1kdBMJqZ
— ABC News (@ABC) November 20, 2017
Planning a wedding is already stressful, but when there’s an entire border separating you from your soon-to-be spouse it’s even more so. Even so, these newlyweds weren’t going to let anything come between them on their special day.
The “Door of Hope” is the nickname given to the steel gate embedded within the border wall that separates Tijuana and San Diego. Once a year, the “Door of Hope” is opened for an hour and a select number of families on both sides of the fence get to hug the loved ones they’ve been separated from, usually as a result of deportation.
Last Saturday marks the sixth year that the border gate has been opened to reunite friends and families. This year, during the event, Brian Houston of San Diego and Evelia Reyes of Mexico took the opportunity to tie the knot.
With other families gathered and Border Patrol officers vigilant, the two signed the documents needed to make them husband and wife. They then embraced in front of a large crowd of families and journalists.
Speaking with The San Diego Union Tribune, Houston said the non-profit organization Border Angels, who organize the yearly event, helped them arrange the ceremony. Houston wanted their wedding to also be a comment on the current border situation – a testimony to the world about hope in the face of adversity.
“It’s a statement that love has no borders,” Houston told the newspaper. “Even though we are divided by a giant fence here, we can still love each other on both sides of the fence.”
The ceremony took place about 15 miles from where prototypes for Trump’s proposed border wall have been assembled.
According to The Tribune, the couple speak on the phone every day and are working with a lawyer to find a way to bring Reyes to the U.S.
Although Houston and Reyes may one day have a happily ever after in the same country, for the time being they’ll have to continue living on opposite sides of that wall; a wall that, if Trump has his way, will be taller, stronger and doorless.