Mexican families in Tijuana meet families in San Diego, through a steel wall, after being deported and separated. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
The border fence between Mexico and the United States. On Sundays it is host to reunions along the Tijuana-San Diego border It is the only place along the entire border where such meetings are allowed. On one side, many who have been deported from the U.S. , on the other those who fear deportation from the U.S. It can offer a chance to introduce new family members. Or, for Yolanda Hernandez, to see someone she hasn't seen i a long time. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) YOLANDA HERNANDEZ, SAYING: "It's beautiful. The best thing that could happen to us, to see my sister after not seeing her for many years. Now, to see her... A lot of emotions come up." With some 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, President Barack Obama has sought to introduce reforms to ease the threat of deportation and make it possible for them to visit family in their home countries. But such efforts have deadlocked, and the number of deportations has risen. Activist Roberto Vivar, founder of "Dreamers Moms," says hate and division have tarnished the United States. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ACTIVIST ROBERTO VIVAR, FOUNDER OF "DREAMERS MOMS," SAYING: "We ask ourselves: 'What has happened to the U.S.?' We are going back to the 1960s, where we saw all this hatred, racism, and now this is 2016 and we haven't advanced at all. " So, for some families all they have is this wall-- and the hope of a different kind of future.