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Stories by Amy Isackson

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Tijuana Group Embarks On $5 Million Image Makeover

Oct. 7, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Can Al Gore, Larry King and the founder of Twitter help Tijuana improve its image? That’s the hope of businessmen behind a two-week long $5 million PR effort that starts in Tijuana Thursday.

San Diego Law Enforcement Wants Your Old Presciption Drugs

Sept. 21, 2010
By Amy Isackson

San Diego County law enforcement authorities are asking people to clean out their medicine cabinets to help prevent prescription drug abuse.

Border Patrol Qualifies Statement On Drop In Border Crime

Sept. 15, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. Border Patrol credited Tijuana's police chief earlier this week with helping cut border crime in half. What the Border Patrol meant was that assaults on U.S. agents working along the border in San Diego have dropped during the last year.

Drug Groups Expand Recruiting Operations North Of Border

Sept. 13, 2010
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials say drug groups who recruit San Diego teenagers to smuggle drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border have expanded their recruiting operations.

Tijuana Airport No Longer Accepting US Dollars

Sept. 3, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Pack your pesos if you plan to fly out of the Tijuana airport. The airport will not accept U.S. dollars starting September 11.

Unauthorized Immigration To U.S. Slows

Sept. 2, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A new study says the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. has dropped for the first time in 20 years. The study also says fewer people are crossing the border illegally.

More Drones Sent To Southern US Border

Aug. 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson, Renee Villasenor

The U.S. government will begin flying unmanned aircraft along the Mexican border in East Texas on Wednesday.

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Jailed Tijuana Police Back On Street, Not On Beat

Aug. 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson, Vicente Calderon

The case of 13 Tijuana police who were jailed for a year-and-a-half calls into question the Tijuana police chief's unprecedented crusade to fight police corruption. (A collaboration between KPBS and Tijuanapress.com)

Buying Antibiotics In Mexico Without A Prescription A Thing Of The Past

Aug. 25, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A new law in Mexico means everyone who buys antibiotics south of the border must have a prescription from a Mexican doctor. The new law takes effect today.

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Prosecutors Unable To Tie Tijuana Police To Organized Crime

Aug. 23, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Thirteen Tijuana police officers detained a year-and-a-half ago for their alleged ties to organized crime have been freed. They were arrested as part of an unprecedented crack down on police corruption.

Misinformation Slows Pedestrian SENTRI Enrollment

Aug. 20, 2010
By Amy Isackson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they want to triple enrollment in the SENTRI, or expedited crossing, program to make border crossings faster and safer. A new study shows enrollment in the pedestrian program is hampered by misinformation.

Governor Schwarzenegger Calls For More Manpower At Border

Aug. 18, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The California governor says the federal government should dedicate more manpower and money to securing the U.S.-Mexico border. Schwarzenegger toured the border in San Diego on Wednesday as 250 National Guard troops get ready to deploy.

San Diego Defies National Trend By Removing Fewer Unauthorized Immigrants

Aug. 18, 2010
By Amy Isackson

San Diego defies a record increase in the number of unauthorized immigrants removed from the United States. Removals include deportations and voluntary repatriations.

CBP Commissioner Wants To Extend Stability On San Diego's Border

Aug. 17, 2010
By Amy Isackson

It's not clear what California will get out of the new $600-million border security bill. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin expects the initial deployment will be in Arizona.

Great White Sightings On The Rise

Aug. 12, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A man out for a paddle at San Onofre State Beach filmed a great white shark, swimming just feet from him, not far off the coast earlier this week. A shark researcher says beachgoers don't need to be concerned.

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Officials Say Seizures, Detentions Along SD Coast Up Over Past 9 Months

Aug. 2, 2010
By Amy Isackson

U.S. officials say they've seized a record amount of marijuana along the San Diego County coast during the last nine months. Detentions of people smuggled by sea are also up.

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Crossing The Line: One Immigrant's Journey

July 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson, Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

KPBS Border Reporter Amy Isackson tells the story of why one man risked illegal crossings to live and work in San Diego County.

ICE's Online System Will Help Relatives And Attorneys Find Detainees

July 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson

U.S. federal officials have launched a new online system to help relatives and attorneys find people who are in immigration lock-ups. In the past, locating people was sometimes impossible.

Prosecutor Says Cross-Border Racketeering Case Is Historic For Southern California

July 28, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A cross-border racketeering case against more than three dozen people is having a ripple effect across the San Diego-Tijuana region. The lead prosecutor says the case is historic for Southern California.

Cross-Border Law Enforcement Collaboration Will Continue

July 23, 2010
By Amy Isackson

San Diego law enforcement officials say the arrest of a Mexican police official will not derail their work with Mexican authorities. The Baja California official worked closely with California authorities and allegedly passed classified information to drug traffickers in Tijuana.

Charges Filed Against 43 People Allegedly Tied To Mexican Drug Cartel

July 23, 2010
By Amy Isackson and Kelly Wheeler, CNS

Forty-three people allegedly tied to a Mexican drug cartel were charged with federal conspiracy and racketeering offenses, including murder, kidnapping, drug smuggling and money laundering, authorities said today.

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Staying Put: One Man's Thoughts On Crossing The Border 36 Years Later

July 22, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Despite the economic downturn, the desire to work and live in the U.S. continues to drive migrants north. As part of our Envision series “Crossing the Line: Border Stories,” we bring you the story of one man who understands that desire well.

Autopsy Released For Man Tasered At Border

July 19, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The autopsy of a man who died after being Tasered by U.S. federal agents at the San Ysidro border crossing last May says many factors contributed to his death.

Phoenix Nixed As Border Governors Go To New Mexico

July 14, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Arizona's controversial immigration law has jettisoned the annual border governors meeting planned for this fall in Phoenix. The governors of states along the U.S.-Mexico border will meet in New Mexico.

Escondido Police Department's Relationship With Immigration Agents Prompts Warning

July 14, 2010
By Amy Isackson

An Escondido immigrants rights group has issued a travel advisory for people visiting the city.

San Diego Native Claims Victory As New Tijuana Mayor

July 5, 2010
By Amy Isackson

While Fourth of July fireworks exploded in San Diego's night sky, political fireworks went off in Tijuana. There was a surprise win in Tijuana's mayoral election.

Scientists Fly Over Southern Calif. To Assess Faults, Earthquake Risk

July 2, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Scientists are concerned the Easter Day magnitude 7.2 earthquake has put more pressure on two Southern California faults.

Border Officials See Increase In Passport Fraud

June 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Federal border officials seized more than 100 fake or fraudulently-obtained passports and travel visas during a week-long crackdown at California's U..S Mexico border crossings.

Style is Main Difference Between Tijuana's Mayoral Candidates

June 28, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Tijuana voters will choose a new mayor this July 4th. One of the front-runners is a San Diego native. Central themes of the campaigns include border wait times and San Diego and Tijuana’s $6 billion shared regional economy.

Tijuana Tries To Remedy Futbol Fever

June 11, 2010
By Amy Isackson

World Cup fever has hit Tijuana. City hall and schools have made special accommodations so people don't stay home to nurse their so-called "soccer sickness."

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Witnesses Say Border Agents Used Excessive Force

June 10, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Witnesses' accounts of a deadly struggle between federal border agents and Anastasio Hernandez contradict the official version of what happened. Hernandez died three days after being Tasered by federal border agents at the San Ysidro crossing.

San Diego Medical Examiner Says Border Death A Homicide

June 2, 2010
By Amy Isackson

San Diego's medical examiner says the death of a 42-year-old man tasered by federal border agents is a homicide. San Diego immigrants rights activists and the government of Mexico want a thorough investigation.

Tijuana Building Earns LEED Gold Status

June 2, 2010
By Amy Isackson

A new Tijuana office building has earned an environmental stamp of approval. Its builders hope the LEED gold certified building sets an environmental trend in the border city.

Activists Say Immigrant's Death Demonstrates Need For Immigration Reform

May 31, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Immigrants rights activists say the story of a man who died after being tasered by border officials is another example of why the nation's immigration system must change.

Family Of Man Tasered At San Ysidro Border Crossing Wants Justice

May 30, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Family members of a 42-year-old man tasered by Border Patrol agents at the San Ysidro Border Crossing last Friday night said he is brain dead. The Mexican Consulate in San Diego says it appears federal agents used excessive force.

Border Crosser Shot With Taser Taken To Hospital

May 29, 2010
By Amy Isackson

San Diego law enforcement authorities say a man was Tasered at the San Ysidro Pedestrian crossing, headed south into Mexico, on Friday evening. They say the man was taken away in an ambulance.

Senate Approves Laura Duffy As San Diego's U.S. Attorney

May 28, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Laura Duffy as United States Attorney for San Diego. She now needs President Barack Obama's approval.

CSU Says Tijuana Off Limits Until State Department Changes Warning

May 27, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Baja California officials have failed to convince the chancellor of the California State University system to allow students and faculty to study in Tijuana. A Cal State spokeswoman said the U.S. State Department would have to change its warning.

Analysts Say National Guard Does Little To Deter Illegal Immigrants

May 26, 2010
By Amy Isackson

President Barack Obama's plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border may have minimal impact on border security. The guardsmen are part of Obama's $500-million proposal to make the border safer.

Baja California Restaurants Cross Border To San Diego

May 25, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Baja California restaurateurs hope stimulating San Diegans' taste buds will stimulate tourism in Baja California. Dozens of Baja restaurants will offer a free tasting in San Diego this Saturday.

Smugglers In Tecate Make Off With $2,500

May 24, 2010
By Amy Isackson

For the second time in less than a week, a migrant has been held for ransom in Tecate. Police there report a woman who intended to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally was held captive while her smugglers extorted her husband.

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SDSU Students And Faculty Plan To Protest Tijuana Travel Ban

May 21, 2010
By Amy Isackson

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's ban on study and research in Tijuana. They say the CSU chancellor's ignorance about Tijuana informed his mistaken decision.

U.S. Authorities Investigating Suspected Cross Border Passageway

May 20, 2010
By Amy Isackson

U.S Federal law enforcement authorities say diggers tapped into the storm drain system that runs beneath the International Wastewater Treatment Plant property, about a mile west of the San Ysidro border crossing. It's not clear if there is a U.S. exit.

Mexican Authorities Investigate Migrant Kidnapping Ring

May 20, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Mexican authorities say they arrested a group of kidnappers who've nabbed more than 100 migrants trying to cross the border illegally into the United States. Mexican authorities say they're probing the group's ties to the murder of a Border Patrol agent last year.

Drug Czar Says His Focus Has Fallen More On Juarez Than Tijuana

May 19, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. drug czar toured the San Diego-Tijuana border Tuesday. The director of the Office Of Drug Control Policy says he heard a lot of praise for the border fence.

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San Diego ACLU Wants To Make Sure SB1070 Stays In Arizona

May 17, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The head of the American Civil Liberties Union in San Diego says he and his staff helped craft the lawsuit against Arizona's controversial new immigration law. The ACLU and other civil rights groups sued all Arizona counties and sheriffs on Monday arguing the law is unconstitutional.

Wrestling At Tijuana's Book Fair

May 17, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Tijuana's 28th annual book fair kicked off over the weekend. More than four dozen titles will make their debut at the 10 day long event. Authors will read and sign their work.

State University Travel Ban Stymies Scholarship

May 13, 2010
By Amy Isackson

The U.S. State Department's travel warning for Mexico has put the brakes on cross-border collaboration in the San Diego-Tijuana region. California State University's ban on student travel to Tijuana has put decades of research and relationships on hold.

County Board Of Supervisors Policy Favors 14th Amendment Rewrite

May 10, 2010
By Amy Isackson

Arizona's new immigration law has returned immigration to the front-burner. A review of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors policy shows its official position supports amending the U.S. Constitution to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. At least one supervisor said that's news to him.

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Exclusive: Commissioner Alan Bersin On Immigration And Border Security

May 7, 2010
By Amy Isackson, Gloria Penner, Hank Crook, Megan Burke, Natalie Walsh

Alan Bersin, the newly appointed commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was in San Diego yesterday. He met with business and community leaders at a town hall meeting on border safety and trade with Mexico. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson was the only reporter in town to get an interview with Commissioner Bersin and she joins Gloria Penner on San Diego Week with more on the story.