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Stories by Jill Replogle

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.

How Cross-Border Trucking Firms Fight The Drug War

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For drug smugglers, getting a truckload of illegal narcotics past border authorities means potentially huge profits. But they're often up against two levels of security: that of U.S. law enforcement, and that of private export and shipping companies.

Mexico Fiscal Reform Could Be Bad For Maquiladoras

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Proposed reforms to Mexico’s tax system could have consequences for U.S. companies doing business in Mexico, and for the border economy.

Islamophobia On The Decline, But Still Potent

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A national Islamic civil rights group says it's noted a "small, but highly welcome" decrease in discrimination against American Muslims and actions designed to create fear of Islam.

Drone U. Releases US Drone Census

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Drone University - a project of the New America Foundation - has created a map of drone users, researchers and lobbying groups driving the future of unmanned aerial vehicles in the United States.

Climate Change Aggravates Triple Threat Of Natural Disasters

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While the Southwest is fixated on the devastating floods in Colorado and New Mexico, the death toll and damage from flooding in Mexico far surpasses our domestic problems.

Revisiting An Iraqi Immigrant Family

On a recent, muggy afternoon in the city of El Cajon, I hugged Maladh Mohammed Ali in the parking lot of her drab apartment building next to a school.

San Diego Leaders Rally To Keep Immigration Reform Hopes Alive

With Congress back to work, immigration reform advocates are ramping up their efforts to get a bill passed before the end of the year. But debate over the federal deficit and Syria are threatening to push immigration reform to the bottom of the legislative agenda.

San Diego Leaders Rally To Keep Immigration Reform Hopes Alive

With Congress back to work, immigration reform advocates are ramping up their efforts to get a bill passed before the end of the year. But debate over the federal deficit and Syria are threatening to push immigration reform to the bottom of the legislative agenda.

San Diego Leaders Rally To Keep Immigration Reform Hopes Alive

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San Diego business, labor and faith leaders rally to try and keep immigration reform on the legislative agenda.

Iraqi Refugee Family Struggles To Make A New Life In San Diego

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Refugee families face major trials to make it to the U.S. Once the initial relief wears off, many, like one local Iraqi family, face tough times.

No More Car Decals For SENTRI Trusted Traveler Program

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Users of the SENTRI trusted traveler program, which allows for expedited screening at the U.S.-Mexico border, will no longer have windshield decals identifying their cars. Some SENTRI members have been used by drug traffickers as unwitting couriers.

SDSU Starts Spanish-Language College Paper

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Mundo Azteca offers university news in Spanish to San Diego State students.

Tijuana, Chula Vista Advance To Semifinals Of Little League World Series

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In this weekend's Little League World Series championship, a potential face-off between border rivals.

Rise In Asylum Seekers At Border Prompts Congressional Inquiry

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On the heels of reports last week about a rush of Mexican asylum seekers at San Diego border crossings, lawmakers in Washington are looking for answers.

Last Of Tijuana Drug Cartel Leaders Sentenced

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Eduardo Arellano-Félix, former adviser to the Arellano-Félix drug trafficking organization, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in federal prison.

ICE Suspends Volunteer Visits To Detainees At Three California Jails

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ICE abruptly suspended two programs that recruited volunteers to visit immigration detainees. Organizers of the programs say ICE's actions appear to be retaliation for published criticism of immigration detention.

Republicans Face Competing Pressures On Immigration

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Congressman Gary Miller of California’s Inland Empire is one of several dozen Republican legislators considered susceptible to changing their hardline stances on immigration issues. He faces tough choices about how to respond to a rapidly changing constituency.

In Fence-Building, Border Security Trumps Conservation

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As Congress considers adding 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, environmental concerns seem to be a thing of the past.

Man Left In Cell By DEA Given $4.1 Million

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A 23-year-old San Diego engineering student settled with the U.S. Justice Department after being left for four days in a windowless cell without food or water.

ICE Immigration 'Holds' Decline

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Newly-released data suggests Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be relying less on local law enforcement authorities to help them identify deportable immigrants.

Mexican Artist Famous For "2,501 Migrants" Dies

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Alejandro Santiago was a Oaxacan artist who built an army of clay migrants to represent friends and family who abandoned his town to migrate to the U.S.

Tijuana First City In Latin America To Ditch Analog

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Tijuana became the first city in Latin America to switch completely from analog to digital television. The city is a test case for the rest of Mexico.

Group Wants To Preserve Tijuana's Zonkeys

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Since 1914, millions of visitors to Tijuana have posed with zebra-striped donkeys along the city’s main tourist strip. Preservationists want the tradition declared cultural patrimony.

PAN Party Keeps Baja Governor's Office

Mexico’s conservative PAN party held on to the governor’s seat in Baja California with the election of Francisco Vega De Lamadrid.

Results Stalled In Baja Governor's Race

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Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, dominated elections in most of the 15 states where citizens went to the polls on Sunday. The closely-watched Baja governor's race won't be called until later this week.

New Lanes To Alleviate Border Traffic In Tijuana

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In August, Mexico plans to add five northbound lanes to funnel passenger cars to the inspection booths at the San Ysidro border.

Baja Governor Race Under Close Watch

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Baja California holds local and state elections Sunday. The governor's race is being closely watched, as the PAN risks losing its 24-year reign.

San Diego Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

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Border agents in San Diego are seeing a huge rise in meth trafficked in from Mexico. San Diego is, by far, the primary entry point for Mexican meth.

Passage Of Senate Immigration Bill Met With Lukewarm Response

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The Senate passed a bill that would overhaul the nation’s immigration system while dramatically boosting border security. In the border region, support for the bill was mixed.

Hope For Immigration Bill With Injection Of Border Security

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The Senate is expected to take a key vote on the immigration reform bill on Monday, with the hopes of passing it by the end of the week. Some border leaders are skeptical of the bill’s border security super-boost.

New San Diego-Tijuana Border Crossing Would Charge Toll To Manage Traffic

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A new border crossing planned for the San Diego-Tijuana area would charge a toll to keep border wait times down, pay for its own construction and, hopefully, operation.

Street Dealers Fuel Spike In Violence In Tijuana

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Tijuana newspapers have reported a recent spike in violent crime in the city. Street-level dealers are behind much of the violence, experts say.

Reuniting Children With Deported Parents Brings Extra Scrutiny

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Child dependency cases involving deported parents and U.S.-citizen children present extra challenges for the families, and for the child welfare system.

Deported Parents Face Hurdles To Reunite With U.S. Citizen Children

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Some 5,000 children of deported parents end up in foster care. Deported parents often face daunting barriers to reuniting with their children. The Senate immigration reform bill might offer relief to some of these families.

Groups Propose Lapel Cameras To Monitor Border Patrol Agents

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Pro-immigrant activists are proposing an amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill that would require U.S. Border Patrol agents to wear lapel cameras to monitor their behavior.

Highlights From 'The State Of The Border Report'

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A report on the state of the U.S.-Mexico border calls for more strategic efforts to improve border security, and more emphasis on making trade and travel more efficient.

More Immigration Officers Oppose Senate Reform Bill

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The union representing officers who process immigration applications declared its opposition Monday to the Senate immigration reform bill.

San Diego-Tijuana To Have Binational Youth Orchestra

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The San Diego-Tijuana region will soon have its first binational youth orchestra. Heightened border security and concerns about violence in Mexico can complicate such initiatives, but organizers say it’s worth the effort.

Consequences Of The Genocide Conviction In Guatemala

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Former Guatemalan strongman Efraín Ríos Montt was convicted of genocide on May 10 by a national court. Some say the decision will sow more division in the country. I think it will do the opposite.

Teen Cooking Show Teaches Culture, Cameras And Chopping Skills

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A group of San Diego students joins the cooking show craze, learning nutrition, cooking and video production skills while capitalizing on the culinary richness of one of the nation's most diverse neighborhoods.

Video Released In Alleged Border Patrol Abuse

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A federal judge has ordered the government to release a video used as evidence in the case of a San Diego-area Border Patrol agent accused of kneeing and choking a detained border crosser.

More Latino Grads Going To College Than Whites

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A Pew Hispanic Center analysis found 69 percent of Latino high school graduates went on to college last year, compared to 67 percent of whites.

Mexico Says Smugglers Abandon Migrants At Sea

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Mexican authorities say smugglers abandon hundreds of migrants at sea as they attempt to sneak into the U.S. by boat along the Pacific coast.

Judge Orders Authorities To Provide Lawyers For Mentally Ill In Immigration Detention

A federal judge ruled in a class action lawsuit that immigration detainees with mental illnesses have a right to legal counsel and a speedy bond hearing.

Senate Immigration Bill Calls For A Drone-Patrolled Border

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The major immigration reform bill introduced last week by a bipartisan group of senators would earmark $6.5 billion to beef up border security. And it specifically calls for more drones to keep a watch on the southern border. But the border drones have yet to prove their worth.

Prolific Joshua Tree Bloom Could Signal Warming Climate

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This year’s prolific Joshua tree bloom is sending tourists out in droves to see the trees. But the phenomenon could be a sign of the trees’ precarious future.

Gang Of Eight's New Pathways To Citizenship

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The hotly anticipated bill to overhaul our nation's immigration system is expected to be presented Tuesday by a bipartisan group of senators. We show with an interactive map what that might look like.

USC Researchers Calculate Value Of Faster Border Crossing

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Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed a model to predict how adding customs and border agents at U.S. Ports of Entry would affect the economy.

Addressing Why Migrants Leave Their Home Countries

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As we debate immigration reform, shouldn't we address what drives people from their home countries?