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Stories by Jill Replogle

Baja Governor Race Under Close Watch

Baja Governor Race Under Close Watch

July 4
By Jill Replogle

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

San Diego Biggest Entry Point For Mexican Meth

July 2
By Jill Replogle

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

Passage Of Senate Immigration Bill Met With Lukewarm Response

June 27
By Jill Replogle

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

Hope For Immigration Bill With Injection Of Border Security

June 21
By Jill Replogle

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 T...

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

June 19
By Jill Replogle

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

Street Dealers Fuel Spike In Violence In Tijuana

June 12
By Jill Replogle

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

Reuniting Children With Deported Parents Brings Extra Scrutiny

June 10
By Jill Replogle

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

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

June 10
By Jill Replogle

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

Groups Propose Lapel Cameras To Monitor Border Patrol Agents

June 5
By Jill Replogle

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'

Highlights From 'The State Of The Border Report'

May 23
By Jill Replogle

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

More Immigration Officers Oppose Senate Reform Bill

May 21
By Jill Replogle

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

San Diego-Tijuana To Have Binational Youth Orchestra

May 20
By Jill Replogle

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

Consequences Of The Genocide Conviction In Guatemala

May 16
By Jill Replogle

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

Teen Cooking Show Teaches Culture, Cameras And Chopping Skills

May 16
By Jill Replogle

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

Video Released In Alleged Border Patrol Abuse

May 10
By Jill Replogle

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

More Latino Grads Going To College Than Whites

May 9
By Jill Replogle

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

Mexico Says Smugglers Abandon Migrants At Sea

April 29
By Jill Replogle

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.

Senate Immigration Bill Calls For A Drone-Patrolled Border

Senate Immigration Bill Calls For A Drone-Patrolled Border

April 23
By Jill Replogle

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.

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

April 24
By Jill Replogle

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.

Prolific Joshua Tree Bloom Could Signal Warming Climate

Prolific Joshua Tree Bloom Could Signal Warming Climate

April 17
By Jill Replogle

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

Gang Of Eight's New Pathways To Citizenship

April 16
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman

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

USC Researchers Calculate Value Of Faster Border Crossing

April 9
By Jill Replogle

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

Addressing Why Migrants Leave Their Home Countries

April 9
By Jill Replogle

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

Judge Hears Arguments In DACA Lawsuit Filed By ICE Agents

Judge Hears Arguments In DACA Lawsuit Filed By ICE Agents

April 8
By Jill Replogle

A federal judge in Dallas heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over Obama's deferred deportation policy for DREAMers.

Federal Program Helps Divert Smugglers From Criminal Life

Federal Program Helps Divert Smugglers From Criminal Life

April 4
By Jill Replogle

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego runs a program that gives low-level migrant smugglers a chance to get straight with the law, before they get a record.

At Cesar Chavez Day March, Labor's New Stance On Immigration

At Cesar Chavez Day March, Labor's New Stance On Immigration

April 2
By Jill Replogle

Hundreds of union supporters marked Cesar Chavez Day by marching in downtown San Diego on Monday. Labor's evolving stance on immigration was on display.

Interpreter's Career Rises, Then Falls, Amidst Tehran-Washington St...

Interpreter's Career Rises, Then Falls, Amidst Tehran-Washington Standoff

March 25
By Jill Replogle

A San Diego man who makes a living interpreting for others may now be facing a forced career change.

Former Guatemalan Strongman Stands Trial For Genocide

Former Guatemalan Strongman Stands Trial For Genocide

March 19
By Jill Replogle

An historic trial begins March 19 in Guatemala. For the first time ever, a former head of state faces the charge of genocide in his own country’s court system.

Lawsuits Allege Abuses By Immigration Authorities

Lawsuits Allege Abuses By Immigration Authorities

March 13
By Jill Replogle

On Wednesday immigrant advocacy groups announced a slew of lawsuits alleging abuses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.

Lobbying Dollars Fly In Immigration Reform Debate

Lobbying Dollars Fly In Immigration Reform Debate

March 12
By Jill Replogle

Companies and organizations with a stake in immigration reform are making their case to legislators in Washington by way of their pocketbooks.

Major Mexican Newspaper To Stop Publishing Cartel News

Major Mexican Newspaper To Stop Publishing Cartel News

March 12
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman

Zócalo, a publication out of the Coahuila capitol, Saltillo, wrote a front-page editorial on their site Monday explaining it would no longer publish information concerning drug cartel violence.

Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual

Despite Warnings, Border Waits Not Longer Than Usual

March 10
By Jill Replogle

Under sequestration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is slated to have $500 million slashed from its budget. Border authorities warn this is already making for longer waits. But their warnings don’t seem to pan out.

Documentary Profiles Tijuana Actor/Immigrant Smuggler

Documentary Profiles Tijuana Actor/Immigrant Smuggler

March 4
By Jill Replogle

A documentary playing Monday night in San Diego spotlights a Tijuana man with a pair of unusual professions centered around one of the border city’s biggest underground industries.

Is Tijuana The New Tech Mecca?

Is Tijuana The New Tech Mecca?

March 1
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman

As far as tech expos go, this was no CES, but some at Tech Expo at the BIT Center really believe the border city has a future as an innovation mecca.

Latino Grocery Chain Profits With Changing Demographics

Latino Grocery Chain Profits With Changing Demographics

Feb. 20
By Jill Replogle

As the Latino population grows, one family-owned, Southern California business is booming thanks to Latinos' love for home-cooked food and food from the home country.

Veteran Helps Family Of Fallen Iraqi Comrade Get Safely To U.S.

Veteran Helps Family Of Fallen Iraqi Comrade Get Safely To U.S.

Feb. 14
By Jill Replogle

Afghans and Iraqis who work in their countries with American troops often place themselves and their families in great danger. Because of the risks, they're supposed to have an easier time getting U.S. visas for themselves and their families. But the wait can still be long, as the story of one family illustrates.

In Border Security Quest, A Call For More Drones

In Border Security Quest, A Call For More Drones

Feb. 11
By Jill Replogle

An immigration reform bill could call for more unmanned aerial vehicles patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border. The border drone program is still championed as an important tool for border security, despite a mixed track record.

Napolitano Stumps For Immigration Reform At Southwest Border

Napolitano Stumps For Immigration Reform At Southwest Border

Feb. 4
By Jill Replogle

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in San Diego on Monday as part of a two-day tour to inspect border security along the U.S.-Mexico border and rally for immigration reform. Napolitano said the border is about as secure as it’s going to get.

Pro-Immigrant Activists React To Obama Proposal

Pro-Immigrant Activists React To Obama Proposal

Jan. 29
By Jill Replogle, Jude Joffe-Block

Pro-immigration reform activists gathered at several locations throughout the Southwest on Tuesday to watch President Barack Obama outline his proposal for immigration reform.

Latinos Will Surpass Whites As California's Largest Ethnic Group By...

Latinos Will Surpass Whites As California's Largest Ethnic Group By 2013

Jan. 25
By Jill Replogle, John Rosman

The office of Governor Jerry Brown released a report that projects 2013 will be the year Latinos surpass whites as the largest ethnic group in the state.

Several Projects In Works To Ease San Diego Area Border Crossings

Several Projects In Works To Ease San Diego Area Border Crossings

Jan. 24
By Jill Replogle

The man who oversees inspections at the San Diego area’s border crossings gave a State of the Ports address on Thursday. Some progress is being made on easing border wait times, but big improvements are still a ways off.

As Immigration Reform Looms, Workers Ponder Legalization

As Immigration Reform Looms, Workers Ponder Legalization

Jan. 23
By Jill Replogle

The most contentious component of what President Obama is likely to include in his immigration overhaul proposal is a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. What might that look like in one industry with a high percentage of undocumented immigrant workers?

Unlicensed Drivers Disproportionately Involved In Fatal Crashes

Unlicensed Drivers Disproportionately Involved In Fatal Crashes

Jan. 17
By Jill Replogle

A recent study has found unlicensed drivers are nearly three times more likely to cause a fatal crash than drivers with valid licenses.

As Flu Epidemic Advances, Latinos More Vulnerable

As Flu Epidemic Advances, Latinos More Vulnerable

Jan. 11
By Jill Replogle

As the flu epidemic moves west, Latinos could be especially vulnerable.

U.S. Navy Frigate Departs To Combat Drug Trafficking In Central Ame...

U.S. Navy Frigate Departs To Combat Drug Trafficking In Central America

Jan. 8
By Jill Replogle

A guided-missile frigate left San Diego on Tuesday morning for a six-month deployment to Central American waters. Its mission is to disrupt illegal drug trafficking in the eastern Pacific and Caribbean.

In New Congress, More Latinos Than Ever

In New Congress, More Latinos Than Ever

Jan. 3
By Jill Replogle

The new U.S. Congress has more Latinos than ever before.

Military Leader Leaves Border Post With Praise For Reduced Violence

Military Leader Leaves Border Post With Praise For Reduced Violence

Jan. 2
By Jill Replogle

The Mexican border states of Baja California and Sonora are losing the army general whose leadership coincided with a sharp decrease in drug violence there.

2012: Top Mexico Border Stories

2012: Top Mexico Border Stories

Dec. 24
By Adrian Florido, Alison St John, Jill Replogle, Peggy Pico

KPBS takes a look at the news made at the U.S.-Mexico border this year with our Fronteras Desk reporters Adrian Florido and Jill Replogle.

For Boat Captain, Rescuing Maritime Smugglers Is Part Of The Job

For Boat Captain, Rescuing Maritime Smugglers Is Part Of The Job

Dec. 20
By Jill Replogle

In recent years, authorities in Southern California have been confronting a rise in maritime smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs from Mexico. In December, the stakes were suddenly raised when a U.S. Coast Guard member was killed during a confrontation with suspected smugglers. But law enforcement agents aren't the only ones at risk.

Peña Nieto Hears Needs, Concerns From Tijuana Business Leaders

Peña Nieto Hears Needs, Concerns From Tijuana Business Leaders

Dec. 12
By Jill Replogle

Less than two weeks after his inauguration, Mexico’s new president Enrique Peña Nieto met with business leaders in Tijuana on Wednesday. He got a long list of requests.