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Stories by Ruxandra Guidi

San Diego Farmers' Market Tops Food Stamp Collection Rate

San Diego Farmers' Market Tops Food Stamp Collection Rate

Aug. 10
By Ruxandra Guidi

Public health officials say fresh food availability will be key in reversing rising obesity and diabetes rates in the Southwest. In San Diego, one market is already showing the way.

Baja Seeks Training And Investment From Israeli Police

Baja Seeks Training And Investment From Israeli Police

Aug. 3
By Ruxandra Guidi

Police in the Mexican state of Baja California may be getting security training from a law enforcement agency literally located across the globe in Israel.

Mentally Ill Immigrants Likely To Get Lost In Detention System

Mentally Ill Immigrants Likely To Get Lost In Detention System

Aug. 1
By Ruxandra Guidi

There are nearly 40,000 people in immigration detention around the country on any given day. About 15 percent of them suffer from mental illness -- the same percentage seen in the wider prison population. But unlike in federal or state prisons, there's little oversight or regulation of medical treatment in immigrant detention facilities. And that's led to some people being lost in the system.

California Bar Considers Admitting Undocumented Immigrant

California Bar Considers Admitting Undocumented Immigrant

July 29
By Ruxandra Guidi

The State Bar of California is contemplating whether to admit a new lawyer to its ranks: An undocumented immigrant who passed the tough bar exam in 2009.

Tijuana's Artists Boycott Museum

Tijuana's Artists Boycott Museum

July 26
By Ruxandra Guidi

Tijuana’s most important cultural institution has been the target of a boycott by local artists and writers for the past three years. At the center of it is a politician-turned-museum director accused of corruption.

Jerry Brown Signs Lesser Of Two California "DREAM" Acts

Jerry Brown Signs Lesser Of Two California "DREAM" Acts

July 25
By Ruxandra Guidi

Gov. Jerry Brown today signed Assembly Bill 130, which will allow undocumented immigrant students living in California to receive private financial aid.

Baja California Positioning Itself As Aerospace Manufacturing Hub

Baja California Positioning Itself As Aerospace Manufacturing Hub

July 22
By Ruxandra Guidi

Aerospace manufacturing is one of largest industries in Baja California. And as the cluster of companies working south of the border grows, Tijuana is positioning itself for more international investment.

Arrests Made In Connection To Mexico's Largest Marijuana Plantation

Arrests Made In Connection To Mexico's Largest Marijuana Plantation

July 20
By Ruxandra Guidi

Dozens have been arrested in Baja California in connection with the largest marijuana plantation found in Mexico.

San Diego Youth Tried In Mexico For Drug Cartel-Related Crimes

July 19
By Ruxandra Guidi

The trial of a 14-year old San Diego resident hired as a killer by the drug cartels begins in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Hiring Boom Connected To Rise In Corruption At Border Agency

Hiring Boom Connected To Rise In Corruption At Border Agency

July 14
By Ruxandra Guidi

Drug cartels are taking advantage of the federal effort to beef up border security by corrupting agents of Customs and Border Protection, the nation's largest law enforcement agency.

L.A. Sheriff Reaches Out To Muslims As Feds Increase Surveillance

L.A. Sheriff Reaches Out To Muslims As Feds Increase Surveillance

July 13
By Ruxandra Guidi

Since the attacks on 9/11, many law enforcement agencies have increased surveillance of the Muslim community, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff has chosen a different approach.

Arellano Felix Drug Cartel Member Pleads Guilty

July 7
By Ruxandra Guidi

A man who helped Tijuana's Arellano-Felix cartel bring in tons of cocaine into the U.S. has pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges.

Record Number of Immigrants Becoming Citizens Through Military Service

July 5
By Ruxandra Guidi

A record number of U.S. military personnel -- more than 11,000 service members -- were legal immigrants who became naturalized last year, drawn by the promise of citizenship.

Tijuana's Success In Tuberculosis Treatment Benefits San Diego

Tijuana's Success In Tuberculosis Treatment Benefits San Diego

July 4
By Ruxandra Guidi

California has double the national rate of tuberculosis because of its large immigrant population and proximity to the border with Mexico. While both countries work together to stem the spread of TB, the San Diego-Tijuana region has established a unique model for that collaboration.

1 In 100 Border Security Agents Under Investigation

1 In 100 Border Security Agents Under Investigation

June 30
By Ruxandra Guidi

In the last five years, Customs and Border Protection has added 10,000 employees to beef up security nationwide. Along with that boost comes more people vulnerable to temptations of corruption.

Border Patrol Shooting At Fence Prompts Criticism

Border Patrol Shooting At Fence Prompts Criticism

June 22
By Ruxandra Guidi

A Border Patrol agent yesterday shot dead a Mexican man on the San Diego-Tijuana border, prompting criticism that there was indiscriminate use of force by the agency.

'Secure Communities' Program Comes Under Fire

'Secure Communities' Program Comes Under Fire

June 20
By Ruxandra Guidi

Despite some recent reforms, some states say the "Secure Communities" program is making their policing efforts more difficult.

Facing Criticism, ICE Announces Reforms To Its Secure Communities P...

Facing Criticism, ICE Announces Reforms To Its Secure Communities Program

June 17
By Ruxandra Guidi

In response to criticism, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials announced today a series of reforms to its Secure Communities program, intended to get rid of immigrants who are dangerous criminals.

Drug War Challenged On Its 40th Anniversary

Drug War Challenged On Its 40th Anniversary

June 17
By Ruxandra Guidi

June 17th marks 40 years since President Richard Nixon declared a "War on Drugs." Today, drug policy represents one of the most contested issues in America and Mexico.

Iguana Meat, A Delicacy in Mexico, Seized At The Border

Iguana Meat, A Delicacy in Mexico, Seized At The Border

June 15
By Ruxandra Guidi

The reptile meat goes for as much as $50 in the black market, but it isn't an endangered species.

Transfer Of Immigrants In Detention On The Rise

June 15
By Ruxandra Guidi

On any given day, there are about 37,000 immigrants in detention throughout the U.S. Before they get deported, many are often transferred to remote jails.

Mexico Considering Organized Crime Charges Against Former Tijuana Mayor

June 6
By Ruxandra Guidi

Former Tijuana mayor and larger-than-life business tycoon, Jorge Hank Rhon is in custody for allegedly stockpiling weapons.

County Jails To See Influx of Inmates Starting in July

County Jails To See Influx of Inmates Starting in July

June 6
By Ruxandra Guidi

On the heels of the recent Supreme Court ruling that California must reduce its prison population, San Diego County jails are preparing for a big shift come July 1st.

California Dream Act Heads to State Senate

June 2
By Ruxandra Guidi

While the national effort to grant citizenship to undocumented college students has failed, the California State Assembly has passed a bill that would make financial aid available to them.

Growing Terror Watch List Flags People In Error

Growing Terror Watch List Flags People In Error

May 31
By Ruxandra Guidi

The Terror Watch List has grown exponentially since 9/11, but some with no terrorist connections end up on the list and can't find their way out.

Federal Funding To Prevent "Spillover" Crime To See Cuts

Federal Funding To Prevent "Spillover" Crime To See Cuts

May 27
By Ruxandra Guidi

The Obama administration insists that the border is "more secure than ever," but budgets for border-related crime are getting cut.

Spillover Violence From Mexico's Drug Cartels: How Real Is It?

Spillover Violence From Mexico's Drug Cartels: How Real Is It?

May 27
By Hernán Rozemberg, Ruxandra Guidi

When is a crime near the U.S.-Mexico border just a crime or a result of spillover violence? It’s all in the eyes of the beholder.

State Bill Introduced To Regulate DUI Checkpoints

May 25
By Ruxandra Guidi

Critics say DUI and drivers license checkpoints are being used to impound cars and target undocumented immigrants. A California Assembly member has proposed to ban the practice.

Government Starts Inquiry Into Program Leading to More Deportations

May 23
By Ruxandra Guidi

A controversial program administered by the Department of Homeland Security is the subject of an internal inquiry. Secure Communities has been under fire for stepping up deportations of noncriminals.

Improvements Made to Border Wastewater-Treatment Plant

Improvements Made to Border Wastewater-Treatment Plant

May 16
By Ruxandra Guidi

Water is high on the long list of issues the U.S. and Mexico deal with along the border. The improvement of a wastewater-treatment plant in San Diego highlights increasing collaboration.

A New Gold Rush Leaves A Mark In Southwestern States

A New Gold Rush Leaves A Mark In Southwestern States

May 10
By Ruxandra Guidi

During the 19th Century, gold mining fueled the expansion into the so-called Wild West. Today, rising gold prices have led to a new gold rush with ten old mines reopened in the last decade.

SD Leads Effort to Bring Solar To Latinos

SD Leads Effort to Bring Solar To Latinos

May 4
By Ruxandra Guidi

Southern California is a leader in urban and residential rooftop solar technologies. But this green energy boom has left many working-class Latinos behind.

Truck Driver Gets 21-Year Sentence For Drug Smuggling

Truck Driver Gets 21-Year Sentence For Drug Smuggling

April 25
By Ruxandra Guidi

A truck driver was sentenced today in San Diego for helping distribute more than 19,000 pounds of marijuana smuggled from Mexico.

Mexican Health Care Workers Retrain For U.S. Jobs

Mexican Health Care Workers Retrain For U.S. Jobs

April 25
By Ruxandra Guidi

Thousands of immigrants and refugees settling in Southern California are medical professionals like doctors, dentists and nurses. Many are working on getting credentials to practice the healing arts in the U.S.

Citizens' Redistricting Coming To San Diego

Citizens' Redistricting Coming To San Diego

April 21
By Ruxandra Guidi

As the Southwestern region grapples with the results of the 2010 Census count, California is trying a new approach to political redistricting.

Advocates & Opponents Of Comprehensive Immigration Reform Criticize Obama

April 15
By Ruxandra Guidi

After two years of the Obama presidency, advocates and opponents of comprehensive immigration reform are criticizing the President's emphasis on deportation and border security.

Child Care Jobs Good Option For Refugee Women

Child Care Jobs Good Option For Refugee Women

April 14
By Ruxandra Guidi

There are more than 30,000 refugee families in San Diego County. Finding jobs for this population isn't easy, but some refugee women are finding opportunities by staying at home, with kids.

Trapped On A Terror-Watch List

Trapped On A Terror-Watch List

April 8
By Ruxandra Guidi

Terror watch lists used at the border, or at airports, have proliferated since the attacks of Sept. 11th, 2001. Sometimes people without criminal backgrounds end up on these lists; for some, it's not easy to get off of them.

Ex-Mexican President: End Bloody Drug War Through Legalization

Ex-Mexican President: End Bloody Drug War Through Legalization

April 8
By Ruxandra Guidi

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox is against current drug-war policies, including militarization. Speaking in San Diego, Fox insisted that the U.S. and Mexico need to find a way out of the violence.

Visitors On Visa Waiver Not As Welcome In San Diego

March 31
By Ruxandra Guidi

Visitors from industrialized countries are allowed to stay three months--and often significantly longer--in the U.S. under the Visa Waiver program. But San Diego officials are changing the custom.

Border Officials Want Mexico To Improve Security At Ports And Cross...

Border Officials Want Mexico To Improve Security At Ports And Crossings

March 30
By Ruxandra Guidi

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say cross-border trade and border security go hand-in-hand. In an effort to improve cargo security, the agency is pairing with public and private industry, around the country and around the world.

The Tijuana-San Diego Border From An American Perspective

The Tijuana-San Diego Border From An American Perspective

March 24
By Ruxandra Guidi

The San Ysidro port of entry is a constant sea of U.S.-bound vehicles and travelers—a complicated daily operation requiring an army of customs agents.

The San Diego-Tijuana Border From A Mexican Perspective

The San Diego-Tijuana Border From A Mexican Perspective

March 23
By Ruxandra Guidi

The San Ysidro border crossing into Tijuana is the busiest in the world. An average of 40,000 vehicles through it each day. Here's a view of the border, from the perspective of a Mexican customs official.

CA Assembly Member Introduces Strict Immigration Law

CA Assembly Member Introduces Strict Immigration Law

March 22
By Ruxandra Guidi

Inspired by Arizona's strict immigration enforcement law, a California assembly member has introduced a similar bill in the Golden State.

Family Restaurant Tells The Story Of Latino Growth In Oceanside

Family Restaurant Tells The Story Of Latino Growth In Oceanside

March 21
By Ruxandra Guidi

Grandma's restaurant in Oceanside is a typical mom-and-pop joint, but also proof of the demographic changes that the 2010 Census shows are sweeping San Diego County.

Family of Undocumented Immigrant Files Wrongful-Death Lawsuit

March 17
By Ruxandra Guidi

A wrongful-death lawsuit against the federal government was filed yesterday, charging that Anastacio Hernandez, an undocumented immigrant was brutally beaten by immigration agents last year.

Sempra Impasse in Ensenada Raises Questions

Sempra Impasse in Ensenada Raises Questions

March 4
By Ruxandra Guidi

The temporary shutdown of Sempra Energy's natural gas plant in Ensenada last month raised many questions. Among them is the future of American investment in Mexican border states.

Baja California Mayors Desperate To Regain Investment & Tourism

Baja California Mayors Desperate To Regain Investment & Tourism

Feb. 28
By Ruxandra Guidi

After a few years of economic decline, mayors throughout Baja California, Mexico, have launched a campaign to convince Americans that their cities are safe, and open to foreign investment.

Migrant Farm Workers In Imperial County Vulnerable For HIV

Migrant Farm Workers In Imperial County Vulnerable For HIV

Feb. 23
By Ruxandra Guidi

Migrant men who make their living as farm workers are at higher risk of HIV infection, and increasingly, they have fewer resources to control it.

Graffiti Artists Want To Disassociate From Crime

Graffiti Artists Want To Disassociate From Crime

Feb. 21
By Ruxandra Guidi

Police across the country have increasingly high tech ways to catch graffiti artists. But some taggers in California say they’re tired of being associated with gangs and crime.