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Arizona families take part in reunification program

Arizona families take part in reunification program
Posted at 8:59 PM, Feb 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 19:37:21-05

PHOENIX — Imagine not seeing your family members for years, even decades. It's the reality for many.

On Wednesday night, a group of more than forty parents from Mexico made it the Valley to see their children.

It's all thanks to a unique family reunification program that started in Mexico called "Hidalgo Sin Fronteras" or Hidalgo Without Borders."

The Phoenix chapter of the nonprofit organization is in charge of the paperwork for these families.

Some of the requirements include being over 60 years old and passing an extensive background check.

The Mexican government facilitates this program in order to help Mexican nationals who moved to the United States without proper documentation.

The parents who were flown out qualified for a ten year tourist visa and a three week permit to visit Phoenix through the program.

Some of the parents hadn't seen their children anywhere from 10 to 25 years.

One of the children, Aurelio Moreno, hadn't seen his mother for more than two decades until Wednesday night.

Before that, he told us that it hadn't been easy being away from her, but he wouldn't hold back his emotions, by hugging and holding her just like when he was 13 in Mexico.

Before seeing her son for the first time in 25 years, Moreno's mother said she would hug and caress her child the moment she saw him.