Like hundreds of children of Mexican-American families, Christian spent weekends in Tijuana with extended family, playing with cousins and friends on both sides of the border. Christian became conscious of the internation border only when he became a citizen at age 10. While awaiting finalization of citizenship status, Christian couldn't legally leave San Diego, and Friendship Park became the only place where Christian could go to spend time with family in Mexico.
Friendship Park continues to be a special gathering place for families legally seeking citizenship status but divided by the international border, but increased enforcement and construction of the border has eliminated public access to Friendship Park.
Christian now works with a coalition of over 40 San Diego community organizations calling for the restoration of Public Access to Friendship Park.