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San Diego, Tijuana Leaders Push Regional Issues In Mexico City

March 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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A delegation of nearly 90 politicians and business leaders from San Diego, Tijuana and the surrounding area are advocating for regional issues with Mexico's federal government.

Border Patrol May Loosen Lie Detector Hiring Requirement

March 8, 2017
By Associated Press
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The Border Patrol's parent agency would exempt many veterans and law enforcement officers from a hiring requirement to take a lie detector test under a proposal to satisfy President Donald Trump's order to add 5,000 agents, according to a memo released by the agents' union.

North County Crackdown Takes Out Major Heroin Supplier

March 6, 2017
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin
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Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged 55 people in a series of drug cases they claimed were some of the most significant yet to deal with San Diego County's rising heroin and methamphetamine use.

Rumors Of Immigration Raids, Checkpoints In San Diego Are Largely Unfounded

Feb. 15, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Many reports of ramped-up immigration raids and checkpoints in San Diego County are false, according to immigration lawyers, federal officials and community leaders.

Mexican Breadwinners Fear Paying For Trump's Border Wall

Feb. 8, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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President Trump has threatened to force Mexico to pay for his border wall by targeting money transfers into Mexico, or remittances. This would affect U.S. citizens as well as Mexicans.

Border Film Week Goes To Tijuana

Feb. 7, 2017
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
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The 11th annual Border Film Week returns Tuesday with four days of film screenings and panel discussions in San Diego and Tijuana.

Union-Backed Ronald Vitiello Named To Lead Border Patrol

Jan. 31, 2017
By Associated Press
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A longtime Border Patrol official who is backed by the agents' union has been named chief of the agency, less than a week after his predecessor resigned under pressure.

Officials: Unfilled Border Tunnels In Mexico A Security Risk

Jan. 16, 2017
By Associated Press
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Mexico's inability to fully seal up border tunnels dug by drug smugglers poses a security risk and is an "open invitation" for cartels to carve out new tunnels, according to officials in the United States.

Tijuana Gas Protests Temporarily Shut Down Southbound Vehicle Border Crossing

Jan. 6, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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San Ysidro's southbound vehicle lanes into Mexico were closed due to protests of rising gas prices in Tijuana on Saturday and Sunday.

Tijuana Homicides Reach Record Level In 2016

Jan. 3, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Tijuana saw more than 900 homicides in 2016, surpassing a previous record of 844 in 2008.

Death At The Border: A Quixotic Immigrant Forges A Humanitarian Path

Dec. 16, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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A 62-year-old Chula Vista resident launched a quest to rescue dying migrants and to recover their remains in the desert near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexico Finds 2 Border Tunnels Leading Into U.S.

Dec. 13, 2016
By Associated Press
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Mexican police and soldiers have discovered two tunnels in the border city of Tijuana that lead into California.

Mexico's Demand For Potent California Marijuana Creates Southbound Smuggling

Oct. 21, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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Marijuana has long flowed from Mexico into the U.S. Now, it's starting to flow in the opposite direction.

Internal Report: Barely Half Of Illegal Border Crossers Caught

Oct. 6, 2016
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero
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Immigration authorities caught barely half of the people who illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico last year, according to an internal Department of Homeland Security report that offers one of the most detailed assessments of border security ever compiled.

San Diego Remembers The Missing People In Mexico

Sept. 26, 2016
By Jean Guerrero
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Two years after 43 students disappeared from southern Mexico, San Diego residents stand in solidarity with the families of the missing.

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