In Brooklyn, Mexican Immigrants Reunite With Family After Years Apart

A little boy meets his grandmother. (Photo by Paul Frangipane via Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

At Brooklyn Borough Hall on the night of Nov. 13, Mexican family members one-by-one reunited in front of an audience of hundreds, some seeing each other for the first time in decades, reports Liliana Bernal for Brooklyn Daily Eagle. The event first started a few years ago.

The Raíces de Puebla (Roots of Puebla) family reunification program, with the support of the Pueblan government, organized the event which allowed parents and grandparents from the state of Puebla to see their children and grandchildren who reside in the New York metro area. Many of the 500,000 Mexicans living in New York come from Puebla.

Ana Flores, executive director of Mi Casa es Puebla in New York and New Jersey, the organization that selects the families, said that immigration status and money are the main two reasons that the 74 families reunited at the event have been separated for up to 30 years.

“They normally come from rural communities in Puebla, Mexico,” Flores said, adding that the state government of Puebla pays for the cost of the visa and the plane tickets.

“They are here for three weeks to hug again their loved ones.”

Go to Brooklyn Daily Eagle to watch video of the emotional reunions and find out which New York neighborhood has been jokingly nicknamed “Puebla York.”

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