Dozens gathered Sunday at Border Field State Park to observe La Posada Sin Fronteras, an annual gathering celebrating the story of the Nativity and remembering those who’ve died crossing the border.

Crowds collected in San Diego and Tijuana, on both sides of the border fence. Border Patrol agents opened the new, second layer of fence restricting access to the cross-border monument in Friendship Park. Attendees were allowed beyond the second layer to approach the old fence in groups: 25 people at a time, 30 minutes at a time.

This year’s gathering was the first where participants weren’t allowed to touch each other through the fence. That rule — and the watchful eyes of several Border Patrol agents nearby — kept nearly everyone from trying. The agents confiscated the bags of candy that participants in Tijuana threw over the fence.

I made this photograph while the crowd sang together. My trip Sunday was one of about a dozen visits I’ve made there with my camera during the last four years. I’ll be sharing some of those photos in Credentialed this week, documenting how the unique locale has evolved over time.


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