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Border Battle

Father Seeking Asylum In U.S. Struggles To Reunite With 1-Year-Old Taken By Immigration Officials

Dec. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Jose Demar Fuentes said he fled El Salvador with his 1-year-old son, to seek asylum in the U.S. Immigration officials placed Fuentes in detention and sent his son 1,500 miles away.

Border Apprehensions And Detentions, Explained

Dec. 7, 2017
By Leo Castañeda
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Immigration figures released this week show the lowest number of people trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in decades. Meanwhile, deportations of people living illegally in the United States are up significantly.

Isabel Allende Discusses New Book, Trump’s Wall And #MeToo

Dec. 3, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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On tour for her new book, "In The Midst of Winter," the internationally renown Chilean author Isabel Allende sat down for an interview with KPBS.

Officials Investigate Smuggling-Related Death On La Jolla Coast

Nov. 20, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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A man's body was found along the La Jolla coast near Bird Rock after a panga-style boat commonly used for smuggling was spotted carrying seven people off the coast.

Indigenous Woman Gets San Diego Support For Mexico Presidential Run

Nov. 16, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Maria de Jesus Patricio Martinez, known as Marichuy, could be the first indigenous woman listed on Mexico's presidential ballot if she gets enough signatures.

America's Wall

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero, Leo Castañeda
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This project is a KPBS and inewsource investigation about the existing barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border ahead of President Trump's promised wall. Using previously undisclosed government data, we reveal the impact of construction over time.

Records Show Correlation Between Illegal Tunnels And Border Fence Construction

Sept. 20, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Government records obtained by KPBS show that the number of illegal cross-border tunnels found spiked between 2006 and 2012, during record border fence construction.

Border Agents Seize More Than $5 Million In Drugs

Sept. 19, 2017
By City News Service
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Customs and Border Patrol agents monitoring California's ports of entry from Mexico intercepted nearly $5 million worth of drugs and arrested 17 wanted fugitives over the weekend, followed by the seizure Monday of nearly $1 million worth of marijuana seized from a boat that came on shore near Del Mar, the agency said Tuesday.

Smuggling Boat Lands In Del Mar, Border Agents Arrest Three

Sept. 18, 2017
By City News Service
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Three people were arrested and about 30 large bundles of suspected drugs were seized when a small smuggling boat landed on the beach Monday morning in Del Mar, the U.S. Border Patrol reported.

Son Of Mexico Drug Cartel Figure Indicted On US Drug Charges In San Diego

Aug. 7, 2017
By Associated Press
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The son of a leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel has been indicted on drug smuggling charges in the United States and pleaded not guilty on Monday, less than two weeks after surrendering to U.S. border inspectors.

Teenager's Death At San Ysidro Port Of Entry Inspires Calls For Action

July 31, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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Video showing the events leading up to the death of a Mexican teenager in the custody of Customs and Border Protection at the San Ysidro Port of Entry have inspired members of Congress to call for action.

San Diego Mayor Calls For Building Bridges As Wall Spending Bill Moves Forward

July 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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As the House approved a spending bill that includes $1.6 billion for the border wall, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said the focus should be on increasing cross-border ties.

Mexican Border Reporters Under New Stress In State Of Tamaulipas

July 25, 2017
By Lorne Matalon / Marfa Public Radio
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In April, the Mexican military killed the leader of a major organized crime cartel in Tamaulipas — setting off a wave of crime that reporters are struggling to chronicle without being targeted themselves.

Mexican Legislator Linked To 'El Chapo' Guzman Detained In San Diego

June 23, 2017
By City News Service
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A former Mexican legislator linked to notorious drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was charged Thursday with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and made her first appearance in San Diego federal court.

US-Mexico Drug Tunnels Evolving Amid Increased Border Security

June 21, 2017
By Jean Guerrero
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As President Trump looks to develop more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, criminal organizations are working to make tunnels harder to detect.

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