With a creak and a groan, the heavy steel gate on the fence between the U.S and Mexico at Border Field State Park slowly swung open on its rusty hinges just after noon on Saturday.
A trio of Border Patrol agents pulled it open wider, revealing a tightly packed crowd of Mexican citizens and media with cameras peering north.
For much of the next hour family members from the U.S. side walked partly through the gate — into the waiting arms of family members and relatives in Mexico.
For three minutes, each family hugged, cried, tousled hair of children or grandchildren some were seeing for the first time, then bid a tearful goodbye.
And this time there was a first: a...