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Stories by Jill Replogle

Border Crossing Wait Times Plummet At San Ysidro

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Wait times to cross into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry have plummeted as the first phase of the port expansion project nears conclusion. Business leaders and cross-border commuters are ecstatic.

American Independent Party Isn't As 'Independent' As Some Voters Think

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The American Independent Party is the third-largest party in San Diego County, and voting authorities say it's popular among new U.S. citizens. Problem is, they may not know what they're signing up for.

It's The Law: Vehicles Have To Give Bicyclists 3 Feet Of Space

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More than 100 cyclists are killed each year in collisions with motor vehicles in California. A new law that takes effect Tuesday is designed to make the roads safer for those who pedal.

Fewer Than 100 Central American Children Settled In San Diego

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Just 76 unaccompanied minors caught crossing the border illegally this year have settled in San Diego County.

Hearing On Escondido Migrant Shelter Postponed

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The city of Escondido pushed back a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on a migrant youth shelter at the ACLU's request.

Report: Immigrants Contribute $650 Billion To California Economy

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Immigrants contribute almost $650 billion to the California economy and $27 billion to the economies of San Diego and Imperial counties, according to a recent report.

Hope Dwindles For DNA Evidence At Tijuana Body Dump

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More than 22,000 people have gone missing in Mexico since the country declared war on drug traffickers in 2006. Some family members of the missing hoped to find answers at a body disposal site in Tijuana. But so far, they have only frustrated hopes.

Escondido Councilwoman Now Supports Initiative To Develop Golf Course

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Escondido City Councilwoman and mayoral candidate Olga Diaz says she's supporting a developer's initiative to put homes on a former golf course. Nearby residents want it to remain open space.

Only Half Of Eligible Immigrants In California Apply For 'Dreamers' Program

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More than 180,000 young Californians have applied under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the highest number of any state, but that's still only about half of the people eligible.

Feds: Driver In Fatal Smuggling Attempt Was To Be Paid $3,500

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Federal authorities said Nicholas George Zakov told officials that he coordinated the smuggling effort with three men in Mexico. The two men hidden in his trunk died.

Feds Still Want Migrant Shelter In Escondido; City Does Not

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Government contractor Southwest Key says it has secured leases to open shelters for migrant youth in two defunct Escondido hotels. The city won't give them a business license.

Should The U.S. Process Potential Refugees In Central America?

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The U.S. is considering processing potential Central American refugees in their home countries. We look at what happened when we tried this in Haiti.

Lawyer For US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Says Mexican Police Acted Improperly

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The lawyer for the U.S. Marine veteran accused of crossing into Mexico with illegal guns and ammunition says customs officials who searched the Afghanistan war veteran's car acted improperly.

Why Nicaraguan Kids Aren’t Fleeing To U.S.

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Nicaragua is Central America's poorest country, yet its children aren't fleeing to the border along with their Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran neighbors. Experts say that's because of the country's low crime rate, effective police force and unique migration history.

ACLU Considers Legal Action Against Escondido Over Migrant Shelter

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The ACLU says the city of Escondido may have violated fair housing and land use laws when it rejected a permit to open a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children caught crossing the border illegally.

Escondido Again Rejects Shelter For Migrant Youth

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Escondido again denied opening a temporary shelter for immigrant youth caught trying to cross the border illegally. But some groups want the issue reopened for debate.

Tijuana Blocks Three Narco-Corrido Stars From Annual Fair

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The city of Tijuana is trying to keep three singers of so-called "narco ballads" from performing at the city's annual fair.

Will Deporting Central American Kids Faster Keep Them From Coming?

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San Diego congressional representatives have introduced a bill that would allow border authorities to deport Central American children faster. Trans-Border Institute director Ev Meade thinks that would be unwise.

Immigration Judge: Obama's Boost In Funds For Courts Won't Be Enough

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President Barack Obama wants to hire 40 immigration judges to deal with the flood of Central American children and families arriving at the U.S. border with Mexico, but an immigration judge in California says it won't be enough.

Latino Lawmakers Report Ventura Shelter For Migrants Adequate, Kids Healthy

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Members of the state Latino Legislative Caucus on Tuesday toured an emergency shelter for Central American children in Ventura. The legislators said they were satisfied with the shelter’s conditions and the children’s health.

Hometowns Of Undocumented Central American Children Among World's Most Violent

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Nearly three times as many Central American children caught trying to cross the border since Jan. 1 said they came from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, than from any other city in the region. San Pedro Sula is the most murderous city in the world.

Feds Renew Plans To Fly Central American Families From Texas To San Diego

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Immigration authorities again say they will transport Central American migrants apprehended in South Texas to the San Diego area.

Republicans Make Push For Latino Vote

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As the midterm elections approach, Republican groups are amping up efforts to wrest Latino votes from the Democrats.

Escondido Planning Commission Rejects Shelter For Immigrant Children

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The Escondido Planning Commission voted 7-0 to turn down a federal government request to open a 96-bed shelter for unaccompanied immigrant youth in a former nursing home.

Shelter For Immigrant Children Could Open In Escondido

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The Escondido Planning Commission will decide whether to approve a children's shelter Tuesday. Central American and Mexican children have been showing up alone at the southwest border in record numbers since late last year.

Baja California’s Todos Santos Designated World Surfing Reserve

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The surfing mecca of Bahía de Todos Santos is the sixth site worldwide to receive recognition as a World Surfing Reserve.

Recall Effort Against Escondido Councilwoman Olga Diaz Fails

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An attempt to recall Escondido City Councilwoman Olga Diaz failed after backers didn't get enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

Colorado River Delta Begins To Come Back From The Dead

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The once biologically rich Colorado River Delta has shrunk by an estimated 90 percent since dams and diversions siphoned off most of the water upstream. This past spring, authorities from the U.S. and Mexico released water into the delta in an attempt to jump-start habitat restoration.

Ensenada Calls Off Water Rationing To Residents

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The Mexican port city of Ensenada has restored 24-hour water supply to its users after five months of harsh rationing.

Construction Begins On San Diego End Of Cross-Border Air Terminal

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Construction began this week on the cross-border air terminal that will connect Tijuana's international airport to the U.S.

San Diego Voters Reject Barrio Logan Community Plan

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Propositions B and C would have rezoned Barrio Logan to separate industry from the homes of people. The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and other business interests opposed the measures.

Native Speakers And Linguists Fight To Keep Kumeyaay Language Alive

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There are fewer than 100 fluent speakers of Kumeyaay left in Southern California and northern Baja California, where they once dominated. Efforts are now underway to preserve the endangered language.

Survey Finds 'Dreamers' Are Politically Engaged And Benefitting From Temporary Legal Status

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A nationwide survey finds many undocumented immigrants are getting their first jobs and driver's licenses since getting temporary legal status under an Obama administration program.

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Firefighters Extinguish Last Of 13 Blazes In Baja California

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Most of the fires were contained outside of population centers, but one fire did destroy four homes and a school in Ensenada.

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Cocos Fire Destroys Dozens Of Homes In San Marcos Spiritual Retreat Center

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The 2,520-acre Cocos fire burned most of the more than 30 homes and buildings at a spiritual retreat center in San Marcos.

California Delegates Ask Feds To Accept Driver's License Design For Undocumented Immigrants

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Congressman Juan Vargas and other California delegates are asking the federal government to approve the design of a new driver's license for undocumented immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security says it doesn't comply with federal standards.

Boxeadoras Tijuanenses Se Abren Espacio En Una Arena Masculina

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KPBS siguió a dos hermanas boxeadoras de Tijuana que están cambiando el mundo masculino del box.

Tijuana Sisters Bust Up Masculine World Of Boxing

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Kenia and Tania Enriquez are among a new generation of female boxers in Tijuana who are shaking up the sport's traditional gender bias while bringing fans to their feet.

Deported Immigrants Regroup After Failed Attempt To Re-Enter U.S.

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In March, around 100 immigrants who formerly had been living in the U.S. illegally walked up to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and asked for political asylum or humanitarian parole. Twenty-four have been deported.

Campaign Seeks Health Coverage For Undocumented Californians

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California health care activists are on a road trip to raise awareness about the lack of health coverage among undocumented immigrants, and to garner support for a bill intended to bridge the coverage gap.

CBP Commissioner: Agency Will Provide Officers For Cross-Border Air Terminal

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On a visit to the San Diego-Tijuana border region, the new commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, said his agency would provide officers for the new cross-border air terminal under construction in Otay Mesa.

Mexico's Drug-Related Homicides Are Down But Not In Tijuana

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A University of San Diego report on drug violence in Mexico finds that homicides are down overall in the country, but the number of killings in Tijuana is up from 2012.

Tijuana Photo Exhibit Sheds Light On Homeless Deportees

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David Maung's photography exhibit, Luz Tenue, is an intimate portrait of the life of homeless deportees in Tijuana and Mexicali.

David Alvarez Supporters Analyze Loss In San Diego Mayoral Runoff Election

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San Diegans who pounded the pavement in hopes of bringing the city’s first Latino mayor into office gathered over the weekend to discuss why San Diego City Councilman David Alvarez lost the mayoral election last February.

San Diego-Baja Rail Line Has New Boosters

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Tijuana and San Diego business leaders are putting cross-border rail service at the top of their priority list.

Drought Forces Ensenada To Ration Water — And It’s Only Spring

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Due to a severe water crisis, many of Ensenada’s 320,000 inhabitants now only get water from their taps two or three times a week. The governor has declared a state of emergency because of the shortage.

Ensenada Declares State Of Emergency As Aquifers Dry Up

The severe drought affecting Baja California has forced Ensenada to ration water to residents and declare a state of emergency.

Mexico's Film Industry Sees Hope In Recent Hits

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Once a thriving industry, Mexican cinema has struggled to compete with the behemoth that is Hollywood. But some observers are seeing a renaissance in a string of box office hits and international awards for Mexican filmmakers.

Migrants Stage Second Protest At San Diego Border

Activists with the National Immigrant Youth Alliance, which organized the protest, said a total of 16 men and 15 children were detained on Thursday. Most of the adults were born in Mexico.

Downtown Tijuana Stages A Revival

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After a dozen or so painfully dead years for businesses in and around the city’s main tourist strip, Avenida Revolución, customers are starting to return to Tijuana, Mexico.

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