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10th Annual “Hugs Not Walls” event takes place Saturday

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA)- In coordination with federal immigration agencies at the southern border, The Border Network for Human Rights (BNHR) holds the 10th Annual "Hugs Not Walls" event Saturday.

The event allows families on both sides of the border to share a three minute hug.

According to the BNHR, after years apart, over 100 families torn apart by immigration and border policies will embrace each other at the border to protest family separations and call for immigration reform.

“As border communities throughout the State of Texas continue to be subjected to unprecedented militarization, demonization, and hate, the BNHR will continue to provide a beacon of hope to the millions of families that have been forcefully separated by our broken and inhumane immigration system," said Fernando García, executive director of BNHR.

"Hugs Not Walls provides the long-awaited opportunity for kids, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles to see, touch, and hug each other for a few precious minutes, many for the first time in years! The BNHR will not fail to seize this opportunity to guarantee that these few minutes of hope and happiness turn into a permanent opportunity for millions of families across our nation. #HugsNotWalls is a reminder to our leaders that alternative, humane, and just solutions are around the corner," said García.

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