Heartbreaking video shows the moment when a graduating high school student embraced her deported father on a border bridge because he was not allowed to attend the ceremony
- Facebook video showing Saraí Ruiz & # 39; s emotional embrace with her father on a bridge connecting Mexico and the United States has gone viral
- Esteban Ruiz was unable to attend his daughter's high school diploma in Laredo, Texas because he was deported from the US more than ten years ago
- Saraí was deeply saddened during her graduation ceremony last Friday and later met her father at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge
- Wearing her cap and dress, the 18-year-old girl walked down the bridge and hugged her father before she burst into tears
Video of a heartbreaking hug shared by a graduating high school student and her deported father on a border bridge has gone viral, with over 2 million views on social media.
Saraí Ruiz, 18, attended her graduation ceremony last Friday with her mother and other family members in Laredo, Texas.
However, when the director asked everyone to applaud the parents for their role in teaching the classroom, one man — Esteban Ruiz, who was not allowed to attend his daughter's event because he was deported to Mexico over ten years ago, was missing.
After his ceremony, Saraí met her father at an entrance gate at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge connecting Mexico and the United States.
Saraí Ruiz graduated from a high school in Laredo, Texas, but to get there she had to wake up every day at dawn and drive her mother across the border
Saraí Ruiz (left) shares a hug with her father, Esteban Ruiz (right), who missed his daughter's graduation after being deported from the United States more than ten years ago
Saraí Ruiz was deeply saddened when the high school director at her school in Laredo, Texas, asked everyone to thank the parents with applause. She could only encourage her mother because her deported father was not allowed to enter the United States
The American-born student, who posted the video on Facebook on May 25, subtitled with a message that reads: & I did my best not to cry when we greeted our parents knowing that only my mother was there. & # 39;
& # 39; I knew my dad would never see me walk to get my diploma, but today I thought I'd surprise him by crossing the bridge so he could see me with my cap and dress, & # 39; she added.
Saraí Ruiz (left) wipes her tears during an emotional encounter with her father (right) at an entrance gate at the Gateway to the Americas Bridge that connects Mexico with the United States
Saraí Ruiz graduated from Hector Garcia Early College High School in Texas last Friday, despite the fact that she lived in Mexico. She had to commute for an hour every day with her mother
Esteban was deported from Wisconsin to Mexico when Saraí was only four years old.
Saraí and her mother stayed in Wisconsin for three years before moving to Laredo in Texas to be closer to Estaban.
After countless journeys across the border, the family moved to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, where Esteban had relocated.
Saraí's mother has retained her job in Texas and woke up her daughter every morning at dawn to make the hour-long drive across the border to Hector Garcia Early College High School in the US
Saraí, who wrote on Facebook, praised her family for their sacrifice.
& # 39; I have to say that all my life I was wondering if my father would ever see me graduate. It started as not seeing him on Father's Day, but it remained a spiral of downhill emotions where I would see him only once a year, wrote & # 39; Sara & # 39 ;.
& # 39; And then things changed. I moved to Laredo and I have to see him every weekend. We bought a house and now I would see it every day. Today I can say that although we have lost time for father and daughter, I will always be grateful for his sacrifice to endanger his life many times, just to see me again. Gracias por todo papá (Thank you for everything that is dad). & # 39;
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