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Weeping families reunite for just three minutes at US-Mexico border

Love knows no boundaries:
Relatives travelled for days for a
brief reunion with their families PIC: GETTY

THOUSANDS of people flocked to the US-Mexico border to be reunited with loved ones for three minutes.

There were tearful embraces as members of 250 families came together for the first time in months, years or even decades.

During the event called Abrazos No Muros — Hugs Not Walls — border patrol agents agreed to let immigrants on the US side walk through to the city of Juarez in Mexico with no questions asked.

Emotional: Relatives at border PIC: EPA

Many migrants are separated from their families because if they went home to Mexico for a visit they would not be legally allowed to return to the US.

Border patrol agents opened the fence that separates the countries at 9am on Saturday.

The reunion was kicked off with the blare of an air horn before finishing almost as soon as it had begun. Hugs Not Walls, which is organised by Texas-based advocacy group Border Network For Human Rights, started two years ago and has brought together thousands of relatives..

Families travel to crossing points days in advance, despite knowing they will only get a few minutes together.

On Saturday, people on the Mexican side wore white T-shirts while those from the US were in blue to make sure they returned to the correct side.

The meeting had to be moved from El Paso, Texas, to the border at Sunland Park, New Mexico, due to President Trump’s construction of an 18ft wall.