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Stories by Jill Replogle

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.

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.