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SDSU Students And Faculty Plan To Protest Tijuana Travel Ban

A group of San Diego State University students and professors plan to cross the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday to protest the California State University system's ban on study and research in Tijuana.

Traffic in the U.S. enters Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing, the world's busiest, on June 27, 2008 in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Above: Traffic in the U.S. enters Mexico at the San Ysidro border crossing, the world's busiest, on June 27, 2008 in Tijuana, Mexico.

The group plans to relax on blankets at a Tijuana park, visit art galleries, and go out to eat.

Gina Chapa is a Master's student at SDSU in Public Health and Latin American Studies. She says she chose to study at SDSU for its proximity to Tijuana and its bi-national curriculum.

"It's wealth is it's on the border. You could get an international education. And, yeah, a lot of students were able to do that, until now," said Chapa.

Cal State's chancellor banned travel to Tijuana in March after the U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Mexico. The warning came after drug cartel-related violence flared up across the border from Texas and three people tied to the U.S Consulate were murdered in Ciudad Juarez.

Ciudad Juarez is 700 miles from Tijuana. The warning does not say to avoid Tijuana, but to be cautious there.

Drug related violence in Tijuana has dropped this year.

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Avatar for user 'tijuanaledrugstore'

tijuanaledrugstore | May 22, 2010 at 10:36 a.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Let's put it to rest.

In all tourists areas nothing happens.
Everything that happens, it happens far away from all tourists areas.

The Mexican media and the United States media are to blame for only stating some facts, rather ALL THE FACTS!

We at the Tijuana Le Drug Store know what we are saying.

Well done! and Enjoy "Tijuas"

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 22, 2010 at 2:34 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

Let's not put this to rest. I'm sick and tired of KPBS excreting these OPINION pieces as news.

Amy Isackson writes in the second to last paragraph "The warning does not say to avoid Tijuana, but to be cautious there." Yet the title of the article is "SDSU Students And Faculty Plan To Protest Tijuana Travel Ban"!

Which is it Amy a ban or a warning? This is a poorly written, shoddy, one-sided opinion piece not fit for KPBS. I used to enjoy the news from KPBS as an educated alternative to the partisan "info-tainment" of CNN and Fox News. But now, the quality has regressed so far that KPBS is synonymous with Fox. I truly wish KPBS would get back on track.

I have actually done my research, unlike Amy Isackson, and the travel WARNING does not ban faculty and students from traveling to Mexico. It prohibits classes and exchanges from going there as official programs of the university. Thus, Gina Chapa and the handful of silly people going to Tijuana to "violate" the ban are going as tourists, not students.

Now, to the issue of crime in Tijuana, Amy Isackson once again did not do her research. Tijuana, and Baja California as a whole, remain one of the most dangerous areas in all of Mexico.

http://fugitive.com/archives/17716

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2010/01/85-killed-so-far-in-tj.html

I also object to Amy stating that violence has dropped this year. Tijuana is averaging over 60 homicides a month, more than 2 per day. Sure that is down from the 120 in January, but for comparison, San Diego had 41 for ALL of 2009. Tijuana is still a VERY dangerous place.

Fact of the matter is that SDSU is correct in banning official programs with Mexico as the safety of its students and faculty should be paramount. Could you imagine what would happen if a student was kidnapped or killed there on an official program? SDSU would be sued into bankruptcy!

Mexico, especially Tijuana is violent and dangerous!

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Avatar for user 'northparkdude'

northparkdude | May 22, 2010 at 5:49 p.m. ― 4 years, 2 months ago

In response to CaliforniaDefender:

>> Amy Isackson writes in the second to last paragraph "The warning does not say to avoid Tijuana, but to be cautious there." Yet the title of the article is "SDSU Students And Faculty Plan To Protest Tijuana Travel Ban"!

To clarify, the warning is issued by the state department whereas the ban is issued by the Cal State Chancellor. In other words, the US Gov. is saying "be careful there," while the school system says "don't go there."

>> Could you imagine what would happen if a student was kidnapped or killed there on an official program? SDSU would be sued into bankruptcy!

As a requisite to participate in any bi-national programs students are required to purchase travel insurance and sign waivers, thereby giving the school immunity to legal action.

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