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Stories by Jean Guerrero

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Human Rights Attorneys Say U.S.-Mexico Collaboration On Asylum-Seekers Is Problematic

May 18
By Jean Guerrero

Human rights attorneys say the U.S. is putting the lives of asylum-seekers at risk by working with Mexico to process them.

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Trump Admin. Unlawfully Targeted Only Migrant Caravan Members, Attorneys Say

May 10
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

On the last weekend of April, as a caravan of Central American migrants waited in Tijuana to seek asylum at the United States border in San Ysidro, 29 undocumented immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents for allegedly trying to sneak into the country, but only 11 of those detainees were later charged with a crime.

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Trump Fact Check: San Diego County Did Not Ask For Border Wall

May 9
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump says "San Diego" asked him to move forward on the border wall here. A San Diego County spokesman clarified that the county made no such request.

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Sessions Says 'Zero Tolerance' Policy For Border Crossers May Split Families

May 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to refer anyone who enters the United States illegally on the Mexican border to his office for prosecution.

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Central Americans Will Seek Asylum At Southern US Border

April 29
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

U.S. officials say San Diego's border crossing has reached capacity even before a caravan of Central American migrants criticized by the Trump administration began to seek asylum.

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Migrant 'Caravan' Gathers On US-Mexico Border

April 27
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

About 170 migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers have arrived in Tijuana, joining about nearly 200 others on their final stop before entering the United States.

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Final 150 Central Americans In Caravan Arrive In Tijuana

April 26
By Jean Guerrero

About 160 more Central Americans arrived in Tijuana on Thursday evening, the last of a "caravan" of more than 300 asylum-seeking immigrants that the Trump administration has accused of planning to enter the U.S. illegally.

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Central American Asylum-Seekers Continue To Arrive In Tijuana

April 25
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

Nearly 200 more Central Americans are expected to arrive in Tijuana on Thursday, according to Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that has been organizing caravans of asylum seekers through Mexico.

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Remnants Of Migrant Caravan To Arrive In Tijuana This Week

April 23
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

The remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants protested in northern Mexico on Monday, even as once again they drew angry tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump. The approximately 600 migrants arrived in the northern city of Hermosillo aboard trains over the weekend.

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San Diego County Board Of Supervisors Votes To Support Trump ‘Sanctuary’ State Lawsuit

April 17
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

With the vote, San Diego County became California's most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protect select immigrants from deportation.

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Local Officials Urge County To Join Challenge Of Sanctuary Law

April 16
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Elected officials and local residents urged the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Monday to join the federal government's lawsuit challenging California's sanctuary state law.

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After 14-Years Deported Veteran Finally Granted Citizenship

April 13
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Hector Barajas on Friday was finally sworn in as a United States citizen.

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Groups Want Immigration Officials To Stop Detaining Pregnant Women

April 11
By Jean Guerrero

In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, civil and human rights organizations argue that the agency is endangering lives by detaining pregnant women.

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Displaced By Two Countries: Tijuana’s Homeless Migrants

March 28
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana’s homeless migrants have long been seen by many locals as a nuisance: bad for business, protagonists of petty crime, drug addicts.

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Immigration Agency's Latest California Focus Hits San Diego

March 16
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

Federal immigration agents arrested 115 people during a three-day operation in the San Diego area amid heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the state of California over immigration enforcement.

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Trump's Planned Visit To San Diego Draws Supporters, Protesters and Tight Security

March 12
By Jean Guerrero, Susan Murphy

Security preparations are underway for President Donald Trump's expected visit to San Diego on Tuesday, when he will inspect eight prototypes for his proposed border wall.

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San Diego Federal Judge Curiel Rules In Favor Of Government In Border Wall Construction Case

Feb. 27
By Jean Guerrero

A federal judge in San Diego ruled in favor of the U.S. government on Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s effort to bypass environmental and other laws to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Asylum-Seeking Mother Reunited With Her Baby After US Kept Apart For Weeks

Feb. 27
By Jean Guerrero

Olivia Caceres, an asylum seeker from El Salvador, has been reunited with her 1-year-old son, Mateo, after months of back-and-forth with The Office of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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ACLU Sues US Over Separation Of Mother, Child Seeking Asylum

Feb. 26
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government on Monday of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities, two time zones apart, after they sought asylum four months ago.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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