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Stories by Jean Guerrero

Ruling Expected Soon In Trump Border-Wall Case

Ruling Expected Soon In Trump Border-Wall Case

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero, KPBS News

A ruling is expected this week after further briefing in the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's effort to bypass environmental laws to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Young Immigrants Rally At Border Wall For 'Clean' Dream Act

Young Immigrants Rally At Border Wall For 'Clean' Dream Act

Feb. 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Dozens of immigrants and activists marched Wednesday near San Diego's border with Tijuana to urge Congress to protect immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz Discusses Immigr...

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz Discusses Immigration And New Book, 'Islandborn'

Feb. 6
By Jean Guerrero

Junot Díaz, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao," talks with KPBS about his new children's book, President Trump's border wall, collapsing imaginaries and the "curse" that plagues the U.S.

Border Communities React To Trump's State Of The Union Ad...

Border Communities React To Trump's State Of The Union Address

Jan. 31
By Jean Guerrero

Across San Diego, the President's comments during his first State of the Union address may have deepened rifts on border security.

'Paddle Out' Honors Murdered Imperial Beach City Official

'Paddle Out' Honors Murdered Imperial Beach City Official

Jan. 29
By Jean Guerrero

A month after Douglas Bradley was fatally shot on vacation in southern Mexico, more than a dozen friends and colleagues paddled out into the Imperial Beach waves in his memory.

One Year Into Trump's Presidency, Border Wall Remains A Q...

One Year Into Trump's Presidency, Border Wall Remains A Question

Jan. 24
By Jean Guerrero

One year since President Trump issued an executive order calling for the "immediate construction" of a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, eight prototypes remain the order's only manifestation.

A Look At The Artistic Protest Inspired By Trump's Wall P...

A Look At The Artistic Protest Inspired By Trump's Wall Prototypes

Jan. 24
By Jean Guerrero

Visual artists in San Diego used the border wall prototypes for an artistic protest, projecting light graffiti onto their surfaces with messages like "Refugees welcome here."

Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Imperial Beach Offi...

Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Imperial Beach Official In Mexico

Jan. 9
By Jean Guerrero

Mexican officials have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Douglas Bradley, an Imperial Beach official who was on vacation in southern Mexico.

Fatal Shooting Of San Diego Area Official During Mexico V...

Fatal Shooting Of San Diego Area Official During Mexico Vacation Remains A Mystery

Jan. 5
By Jean Guerrero

Douglas Bradley, administrative services director for the City of Imperial Beach, was on a surfing trip in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, when he was fatally shot.

Homeland Security Practice Of Separating Children From Pa...

Homeland Security Practice Of Separating Children From Parents Triggers Complaint

Dec. 29, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Eight human rights groups are awaiting resolution on a complaint they filed against the Department of Homeland Security for the "fundamentally unconscionable" practice of separating children from parents in detention.

Asylum-Seeking Mother Crosses Border After Immigration Of...

Asylum-Seeking Mother Crosses Border After Immigration Officials Separated Baby From Father

Dec. 29, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Olivia Caceres, the mother of 1-year-old Mateo Fuentes, crossed the border Thursday through the San Ysidro Port of entry with her 4-year-old son, Andree.

San Diego Ports Of Entry Pause Entry Of New Asylum Seekers

San Diego Ports Of Entry Pause Entry Of New Asylum Seekers

Dec. 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said San Diego area ports of entry have reached capacity and "cannot bring additional people" into the installations "until individuals already at the port of entry are transferred."

Judge's Partial Lifting Of Trump Ban Gives Some Relief To...

Judge's Partial Lifting Of Trump Ban Gives Some Relief To San Diego Refugees

Dec. 26, 2017
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

After hearing heartbreaking stories of refugees who have struggled to reconnect with their families and listening to the plight of others who strive to leave dangerous situations, a federal judge said he would try to issue a ruling on a motion to block a Trump administration ban on refugees before Christmas.

Deported Veteran Returns To United States

Deported Veteran Returns To United States

Dec. 21, 2017
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran deported to Mexico in 2002 after being convicted of animal cruelty returned to the United States Thursday.

Immigrants Rights Advocates Launch San Diego Rapid Respon...

Immigrants Rights Advocates Launch San Diego Rapid Response Network

Dec. 19, 2017
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Advocates, faith leaders, attorneys and immigrant families will gather Tuesday night for the launch of the San Diego Rapid Response Network, a coalition modeled after others in the state that aims to prepare for and respond to what organizers describe as inhumane immigration enforcement activities.

Father Seeking Asylum In U.S. Struggles To Reunite With 1...

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

Dec. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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.

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

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

Dec. 3, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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.

Surfer Fights To Protect South Bay From Cross-Border Poll...

Surfer Fights To Protect South Bay From Cross-Border Pollution

Nov. 30, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

For Paloma Aguirre, water quality problems and other environmental issues tied to Mexico are personal and affect her day-to-day life in Imperial Beach.

Haitians With Soon-Ending Protected Status In San Diego F...

Haitians With Soon-Ending Protected Status In San Diego Face Uncertainty

Nov. 21, 2017
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

Jean Elisé Durandisse, a pastor for the Haitian Ministry of San Diego, says the government's decision to end their temporary protected status could affect at least 100 Haitians in San Diego.

Officials Investigate Smuggling-Related Death On La Jolla...

Officials Investigate Smuggling-Related Death On La Jolla Coast

Nov. 20, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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 Presid...

Indigenous Woman Gets San Diego Support For Mexico Presidential Run

Nov. 16, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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: Rescuer

America's Wall: Rescuer

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

As part of the America's Wall project, KPBS and inewsource talk to Ely Ortiz, who searches for dead and dying migrants in the desert along the U.S.-Mexico border.

America's Wall

America's Wall

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero, Leo Castañeda / inewsource

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.

America's Wall: The Agent

America's Wall: The Agent

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

As part of the America's Wall project, KPBS and inewsource talk to a Border Patrol officer who explains why he supports President Trump’s plans to expand current infrastructure.

America's Wall: Muralist

America's Wall: Muralist

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

As part of the America's Wall project, KPBS and inewsource talk to a Mexican artist who wants Tijuana to be known for its culture rather than its cartels.

America's Wall: The Vigilante

America's Wall: The Vigilante

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

As part of the America's Wall project, KPBS and inewsource talk to self-described "vigilante" Bob Maupin, who patrols his property in East County San Diego, on the U.S.-Mexico border.

America's Wall: The Mother

America's Wall: The Mother

Nov. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

At the northwestern edge of Mexico in Playas de Tijuana, Bridget and Eduardo Bohorquez held hands on the beach, watching the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash against the steel columns of a very long fence.

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototy...

Homeland Security Marks Completion Of Border Wall Prototypes

Oct. 26, 2017
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh

The prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border have made their official debut.

Records Show Correlation Between Illegal Tunnels And Bord...

Records Show Correlation Between Illegal Tunnels And Border Fence Construction

Sept. 20, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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.

Pregnant Immigrant Reunited With Daughters After Otay Mes...

Pregnant Immigrant Reunited With Daughters After Otay Mesa Detention

Sept. 13, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Maria Solis Jasso has been reunited with her three daughters in North County after a month and a half in immigration detention.

Pregnant Mother Released From Immigration Detention In Ot...

Pregnant Mother Released From Immigration Detention In Otay Mesa

Sept. 12, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Maria Solis Jason, who is from Mexico and has three daughters in the U.S., was detained on Aug. 1 while walking to work as a deli cashier in North County.

Pregnant Mother Fights For Release From Immigration Deten...

Pregnant Mother Fights For Release From Immigration Detention Facility In Otay Mesa

Aug. 25, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

The recent detention of a Mexican mother who is about two months pregnant may reflect a change in immigration enforcement priorities away from serious criminals toward anyone in the country illegally.

Trial For First Known DACA Deportee Gets Green Light In S...

Trial For First Known DACA Deportee Gets Green Light In San Diego

Aug. 22, 2017
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

A federal judge who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump's scorn on Tuesday urged a quick trial for a Mexican man who had been shielded from being deported from the U.S. and claims he was wrongly expelled.

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAF...

San Diego And Tijuana Leaders Seek Modernization Amid NAFTA Talks

Aug. 16, 2017
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero

As federal negotiators met with their counterparts from Mexico and Canada in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to begin talks on NAFTA, leaders from border cities met in San Diego to support boosting the region's economic cooperation.

Teenager's Death At San Ysidro Port Of Entry Inspires Cal...

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

July 31, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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.

New Pedestrian Border Lanes Into Tijuana Open At San Ysid...

New Pedestrian Border Lanes Into Tijuana Open At San Ysidro's PedWest

July 31, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

A new border crossing option is scheduled to open Monday at 6 p.m. just west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, for travelers walking into Mexico.

San Diego Mayor Calls For Building Bridges As Wall Spendi...

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

July 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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.

Tijuana Cracks Down On Yellow Taxis Amid Harassment Of To...

Tijuana Cracks Down On Yellow Taxis Amid Harassment Of Tourists And Residents

July 24, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana's Taxis Amarillos, or Yellow Taxis, have been banned from sidewalks where they have long gathered after a violent clash with Uber riders, including a Chula Vista resident.

San Diego Group Expands Legal Services For Immigrants Her...

San Diego Group Expands Legal Services For Immigrants Here Illegally

July 19, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Alliance San Diego, along with pro bono attorneys, are providing free legal advice to help people who do not have legal U.S. immigration status.

Trump's Border Wall Project In San Diego Faces Environmen...

Trump's Border Wall Project In San Diego Faces Environmental Lawsuit

July 14, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

An environmental group has filed a lawsuit claiming the federal government has failed to conduct the legally required environmental analysis for border barrier.

Deported Veterans Advocates Discuss Ways To Help

Deported Veterans Advocates Discuss Ways To Help

June 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

As the Senate works on a package of bills that could help deported and noncitizen veterans, community groups met in Kearny Mesa Tuesday to discuss other ways to protect them.

US-Mexico Drug Tunnels Evolving Amid Increased Border Sec...

US-Mexico Drug Tunnels Evolving Amid Increased Border Security

June 21, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

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

Tijuana Police Chief Links Mexico's Rising Homicides To U...

Tijuana Police Chief Links Mexico's Rising Homicides To US Gun Laws

June 19, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana’s police chief said rising violence in the border region is linked to U.S. gun laws and weapons smuggling, and he is urging the U.S. to take responsibility.

UC San Diego Partners With 13 Mexican Universities And Hi...

UC San Diego Partners With 13 Mexican Universities And High Schools

June 9, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

UC San Diego said Friday it is launching the Cali-Baja Education Consortium to make it easier for students to study on both sides of the border.

National City Residents Express Solidarity For Detained I...

National City Residents Express Solidarity For Detained Immigrant Couple

June 6, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

The group of residents also called on officials to adopt "sanctuary city" status in the hopes of decreasing deportations of local residents.

Deported US Veterans In Tijuana Prepare To Meet With Memb...

Deported US Veterans In Tijuana Prepare To Meet With Members of Congress

May 29, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

The purpose of the meeting, which will take place Saturday, is to discuss details of a bill that could allow some of the deported veterans return to the United States.

International Commission Opens Case On San Ysidro Border ...

International Commission Opens Case On San Ysidro Border Death

May 17, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is asking the U.S. government to respond to allegations that it violated the human rights of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas in 2010.

Tijuana Retail Reaping Profits That Once Flowed To San Diego

Tijuana Retail Reaping Profits That Once Flowed To San Diego

May 17, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump's stance on immigration has awakened a sense of Mexican patriotism that is keeping cross-border shoppers in Tijuana.

Drivers Encounter Rising Traffic Jams Crossing Border Int...

Drivers Encounter Rising Traffic Jams Crossing Border Into Mexico

May 10, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Crossing the border into the U.S. at the San Ysidro Port of Entry can take several hours in a car. Now, border crossers say southbound wait times can be as bad as northbound waits — or worse.

Viacrucis Caravan Asylum Seekers Held After Entering US A...

Viacrucis Caravan Asylum Seekers Held After Entering US At San Ysidro

May 10, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is holding a group of nearly 80 asylum seekers who want to raise awareness about challenges faced by people escaping violence in Latin America.

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