Families separated by the U.S.-Mexico border are reunited briefly after years of separation in some cases. Paul Chapman reports.
The setting for this mass reunion of Mexicans was hardly scenic but the raw emotion after years of separation in some cases was clearly visible. Authorities on the U.S.-Mexico border allowed brief visa-free crossing on Saturday. Many from the U.S. side are undocumented, making it difficult to get back if they return to Mexico to visit. Some had just minutes to make up for more than a decade of separation. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) LUZ DEL RIO, U.S. RESIDENT WHO HAS NOT SEEN HER FATHER IN 14 YEARS, SAYING: "It's very emotional. It's been 14 years since I last saw my father. It's a blessing, a blessing to be here. Thank you to everyone who made this possible for families - parents and children - to reunite after not seeing each other for years, thank you." More Mexicans are now leaving the U.S. than going to it but officials estimate more than 11 million undocumented Mexican migrants still live there. President Barack Obama's efforts to ease the threat of deportation for such people to make home visits easier have so far failed to break a deadlock among lawmakers. For now these Mexicans must face the stark choice between their families and the new lives they've made on the other side of the border.