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It was the first wedding at Border Field State Park during the "Door of Hope" event, which permits people who cannot cross the border to meet for about three minutes each. "It's a statement that love has no borders," Houston told the Union-Tribune at the time. Those allowed to take part in the event were supposedly carefully screened. But it appears the federal background check didn't turn up the news that Houston is awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to drug smuggling in May in San Diego federal court. Houston was arrested in February while crossing into the U.S. at the San Ysidro border checkpoint. Prosecutors said 43 pounds of heroin, 47 pounds of methamphetamine and 43 pounds of cocaine were hidden in his car. Because of his arrest, he is not allowed to enter Mexico. Because of Houston, the "Door of Hope" event is now under scrutiny. The nonprofit group Border Angels has organized six such openings since 2013. Executive Director Enrique Morones said the group doesn't vet applicants but provides the Border Patrol with questionnaires filled out by candidates.
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