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Stories by Jill Replogle

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.

Border Patrol Limits Use Of Force Against Rock Throwers, Moving Vehicles

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The U.S. Border Patrol announced limitations on when agents can use deadly force against rock throwers and moving vehicles in an internal memo.

UC Program To Be NAFTA Of Higher Education

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The North American Free Trade Agreement turns 20 this year. Key leaders and observers of the pioneering trade agreement met in La Jolla on Thursday to talk about the past and future of U.S.-Mexico relations.

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.