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Stories by Jill Replogle

Judge Declares Mistrial In Penalty Phase Of 'Los Palillos' Trial

A judge has declared a penalty phase mistrial for two Los Palillos gang members convicted of several murders between 2004 and 2007 in San Diego.

Migrants Kill 2 Bandits After Being Attacked While Trying To Cross Border Near El Centro

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At least two gunmen were killed and a migrant was shot in the face after attacks on groups of undocumented immigrants attempting to cross into the U.S. in a remote area west of El Centro.

Violence Fuels Dramatic Rise In Central American Asylum-Seekers

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There’s been a more than 500 percent increase in asylum-seekers at the U.S. border in the past five years. Experts say gang and drug-related violence in Central America likely is driving the trend, but some legislators suspect fraud.

Border Patrol Agent Fatally Shoots Suspect In Otay Area

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent fatally shot a man in rugged terrain of the Otay area of southeast San Diego early Tuesday.

Mexicans Lured To Border By Faint Hope Of Asylum

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Residents of embattled towns in Mexico's Michoacán state are fleeing to the U.S.-Mexico border in search of asylum. But experts say their chances of getting it are slim.

45 San Diego Gang Members Charged With Meth, Gun Crimes

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The U.S. Attorney's Office announced indictments for methamphetamine and gun charges against 45 people involved with six criminal gangs in San Diego.

Baja Winemakers Cheer Decision To Block Urban Development In Guadalupe Valley

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Ensenada’s city council voted to strike down a law that would have allowed high-density housing in parts of the valley slated currently for agriculture.

San Diego Meth-Related Deaths Up 55 Percent Since 2008

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San Diego might not be the "meth capital of the country," but it's still the top entry point from Mexico for the drug.

Three Plead Guilty To Smuggling Immigrants By Plane

The smuggling ring transported undocumented immigrants by plane in order to avoid Border Patrol checkpoints.

Mexican Pop Singer Tries To Distance Herself From Drug Lord Father

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Pop singer Melissa Plancarte tries to salvage her career after evidence surfaces of ties to her drug lord father.

California Immigrant Advocates See Health Care, Professional Licenses As Next Battle

On the heels of legislative victories in 2013, immigrant advocates in California are planning their next major fights.

Abandoned Homes Plague Tijuana’s Outlying Suburbs

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The estimated 50,000 abandoned homes in Tijuana are dragging down home values and quality of life in many of the city's outlying suburbs.

Baja's International Crime Hotline Produces Some Results

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Authorities in Baja California have received more than 300 calls from the U.S. since the crime hotline was launched in 2009.

Conjoined Grey Whales Discovered in Baja California Lagoon

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It was reported that the twins were smaller than normal — about 7-feet long compared to 12- to 16-feet for healthy calves — and might have been miscarried.

Giffords Skydives To Mark Anniversary of Shooting

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Three years after taking a bullet to the head, former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords marks the anniversary by skydiving and outlines her resolutions for stronger gun laws.

Mexico's Tax Hikes Hit Border Residents Hard

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In Mexico, the new year brought in new and higher taxes for many consumers and business owners. Residents of the border region are being hit particularly hard.

Ensenada Toll Road Collapse Affecting Tourism In Baja California

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The closure of part of the scenic highway that runs down the Baja California peninsula is affecting businesses in Ensenada.

Tijuana-Ensenada Toll Road Collapse No Surprise To Mexican Geologists

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One of the most scenic portions of the coastal highway between Tijuana and Ensenada collapsed on Dec. 28, plunging a cement truck at least 100 feet toward the sea. Geologists had warned for decades the area was unstable.

South Sudanese In San Diego Concerned About Violence Back Home

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Members of the South Sudanese community in San Diego are concerned about violence in their homeland.

San Diego Business Leaders Launch Campaign To Put Developer Fee On Ballot

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For the second time this year, the San Diego business community wants voters to make the ultimate decision on a measure approved by City Council already. This time the issue is a tax hike on land developers.

San Diego Leaders Ask Congress To Fund San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion

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San Diego leaders are lobbying Congress to fund the San Ysidro border crossing expansion.

Deportee Camp in Tijuana Plaza Disbands

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A tent camp set up by deportees in a Tijuana plaza has been dismantled and many have moved to a shelter east of Tijuana.

Congress Extends Visa Program For Iraqi And Afghan Interpreters

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On December 19, Congress extended the special visa program for Iraqi and Afghan interpreters and mandated improvements.

Tijuana Official Shot, Killed By Unknown Assailants

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The head of Tijuana’s municipal sports department was murdered Monday night while in his vehicle. Arturo Hachadur Kaloyan Aguirre, nicknamed “Hacho,” was shot several times by unknown assailants.

Medical Tourism Booming In Baja California

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Medical tourism to Baja California has risen nearly 18 percent over the past three years, but changes might be on the horizon as the Affordable Care Act kicks in next year.

What Has NAFTA Done In Its Twenty Years?

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On NAFTA’s 20th anniversary, many are lauding its accomplishments in boosting commerce, but almost half of Mexico’s population still lives in poverty.

Sen. Boxer Introduces Bill To Improve Short-Term Detention At Borders

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has introduced a bill that would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to set standards for holding people in short-term custody.

Survey: Majority Of San Diego Latinos Feel Some Discrimination

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A recent survey commissioned by KPBS and San Diego Magazine finds many Latinos feel they are targets of discrimination and stereotyping.

Six Radiation Exposure Victims Arrested At Central Mexico Hospital

Six people are admitted to a hospital in central Mexico with potential radiation poisoning days after a truck containing a highly radioactive load of cobolt-60 was hijacked at a gas station.

Baja Wineries Say New Law Allowing Development Threatens Budding Industry

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Baja California's budding wine industry is fighting against new land-use regulations they say would ruin the valley's rural charm and compromise its scarce water supply.

Border Business Leaders Challenge Mexican Sales Tax Hike

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Tijuana's business community is spearheading an effort to legally challenge the planned sales tax hike for the border region.

San Ysidro Border Rush Had Been Planned For A Week

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Authorities say more than 100 people had crossed into the U.S. west of the San Ysidro border checkpoint and became unruly.

Squatters Built Tijuana, But They Still Frustrate City Planners

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Squatter settlements largely shaped Tijuana's explosive growth in recent decades. But how did these settlements evolve into fully-functioning neighborhoods?

Study: State, Local Immigration Enforcement Doesn't Drive Self-Deportation

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Attempts by state and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws haven’t caused immigrants to voluntarily leave the United States, a new study finds.

Border Agents Get Jail Time For Force-Feeding Pot To Smugglers

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Two Border Patrol agents will serve jail time for violating the civil rights of smugglers by forcing them to eat marijuana leaves and flee shoeless into the Tucson desert.

California Top Destination For International Students

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The number of international students at San Diego colleges and universities is on the rise, according to an annual report.

Migrant Education Program Gives Farmworkers' Children A Boost

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For nearly a half-century, the federal migrant education program has been helping farmworkers' children catch up and keep up with their peers. We look at one program in the Imperial Valley.

California Congressman To Propose Middle Road On Immigration Reform

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Congressman Darrell Issa is expected to propose an immigration reform bill that would give temporary legal status to immigrants in the country illegally.

Indian Firm To Pay Record Fine In Visa Fraud Settlement

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Indian tech outsourcing firm to pay largest ever fine for visa fraud.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Looks At 20 Years Of NAFTA

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As the 20th anniversary of the North American Free Trade Agreement approaches, business and government leaders met in San Diego to take stock of the region's progress and future.

Mexico Forges Ahead With New Migration Policy

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The Mexican government is working on a new migration policy, and vowing to make problems associated with migration a national priority.

American Nun Who Lived in Tijuana Prison For 30 Years Dies

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Mary Brenner, or Mother Antonia, an American nun who left a privileged life in Beverly Hills to live and work in a Tijuana jail died Thursday morning.

Meals-on-Wheels Jeopardized By Government Shutdown

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The nonprofit organization Meals-on-Wheels says some deliveries of meals to seniors are in jeopardy due to the government shutdown.

Tijuana Plaza Becomes Haven For Deported Migrants

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Deported migrants have occupied a plaza in downtown Tijuana since early August, looking for a place to sleep and protesting what they say is unfair treatment of deportees.

Most Living In Tijuana Canal Were Long-Term U.S. Residents

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A Tijuana think tank recently surveyed 400 deportees living in the Tijuana River canal. Four out of ten lived in the U.S. for more than 15 years before being deported.

Escondido Seeks Public Input On Council Boundaries

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An Escondido commission begins a series of public hearings to create city council districts which empower Latino voters.

With TRUST Act, California Blocks Key Deportation Tool

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California’s new TRUST Act law could keep up to 20,000 people from being deported each year.

Building With Trash To Mend Border Environment

These last dry months of the year in Southern California bring a flurry of cleanup efforts in the Tijuana River Valley. Some are putting trash to use while enticing people to discover, and care for, the border region’s environment.

San Diego Among Cities To Participate In Countrywide Call For Immigration Reform

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Rallies and marches for immigration reform are planned for cities across the country on Saturday. Despite the attention on the government shutdown and looming debt limit, advocates hope a solution to those two problems could come in the form of an immigration reform bill.

Mexico Proposes Border Sales Tax Hike

If Mexico's national congress passes a proposed tax reform package, border residents could start paying a lot more for goods and services.