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Stories by Ruxandra Guidi

Selective Service Encourages Undocumented Men to Sign Up

The Selective Service System, which relies on civilian volunteers in the event of a national emergency, is reaching out to young undocumented men. Immigrant advocates are questioning the new directive.

Charreadas Grow In Popularity Despite Hurdles

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There's a sport played by many Mexicans and Mexican-Americans in a town near you, but you probably haven’t heard of it. Some people call it "Mexican Rodeo." But despite its popularity, it's increasingly hard for its colorful riders to find a place to practice their sport.

Border Field State Park Undergoes Redesign

Border Field State Park, also known as Friendship Park, has long been a nexus for cross-border relations. But security concerns forced its closing.

Few Show Up for Solar Hearings in Imperial Valley

Hearing on solar development fails to garner much interest in El Centro, despite recent concerns over environmental damage.

California Latinos Would Gain Most from Health Care Reform

Health care reform law is being challenged by Republicans. No other group would have the most to gain--or lose--from its implementation than Latinos.

Funding To Control Gun-Running Into Mexico Will See Cuts

The main U.S. government agency in charge of controlling the flow of illegal guns into Mexico will face serious budget cuts. But critics say the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) has been struggling with those efforts for a long time.

Escondido Residents Use Video To Document Police Efforts

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The Escondido Police Department has had a difficult relationship with its immigrant population. Over the past year, many Latino residents have complained of racial profiling. In recent months, they've organized around the use of technology to try to make a legal case for themselves.

Undocumented Immigrant Granted Rare Pathway to Legalization

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A private bill on behalf of 28-year-old Shigeru “Shiggy” Yamada, will allow the undocumented immigrant from Japan to stay legally in the U.S.

Tourism At Baja Beaches Hurting Despite Being Safe

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Even though the drug war violence in Mexico has stayed away from the beaches in the Baja Peninsula, the region is losing in tourism.

Tijuana Sewage Spill Leaves Lesson For Both Sides Of The Border

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In recent weeks, more than 31 million gallons of sewage have spilled across Playas de Tijuana, just south of the border from San Diego. The impact is being felt in both countries. But the damaging delay by Mexican authorities before moving to stop the spill could be an opportunity to improve communication on environmental emergencies.

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To Be Young, Openly Gay And Undocumented

Sergio is a 21-year-old college student in San Diego, majoring in business administration. He is openly gay and undocumented, having crossed the border illegally from Mexico with his family when he was 2.

Escondido May Face Class-Action Lawsuit Over Checkpoints

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Amid ongoing controversy over its driver's license checkpoints, an Escondido man is suing the city, saying the stops violate state law.

Chula Vista Forced to Downgrade Its Graffiti Cleanup Program

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The Chula Vista Graffiti Abatement Program gained a lot of attention four years ago, with its innovative approach to cleanup -- but that was before the budget cuts.

U.S.-Mexico Crossborder Trade Relationship Improving

The crossborder trade relationship between the U.S. and Mexico has been a difficult one over the last few years. This week, both countries met to try to improve it.

Proposed Budget Cuts To Affect Poor And Immigrant Families

In his first proposal for the new budget year, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown made a case for steep cuts to essential services that would affect poor Californians, including refugees and immigrants.

Policy Reversal Will Allow Mexican Truckers Into US Again

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The Obama administration's proposal to a Bush-era policy, and allow Mexican long-haul trucks to operate in the U.S. is drawing the ire of labor unions on this side of the border.

Pursuit of Green Energy Sources Expands Into Mexico

The production of solar and wind energy is booming in Southern California and nearby border states. Utilities are so eager to get into the game that they're reaching into Mexico to meet the demand.

Challenge To Birthright Citizenship To Be Challenged in Washington

With Republicans taking the House of Representatives, the next immigration battle is moving to citizenship rights--specifically, the Us-born children of undocumented immigrants.

New State Law Decriminalizes Possession of Marijuana

While drug seizures continue to grow along the US-Mexico border, California has downgraded the penalty for simple marijuana possession.

Imperial Valley Tribes Oppose Sunrise Powerlink

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On the eve of his departure from office, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger applauded one of his signature projects: The Sunrise Powerlink. The massive energy transmission line has garnered many opponents, among them Native American tribes.

Local Atheist Groups Wish For Critical Look At Religion During Holidays

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The holidays are a time of religiosity, and the San Diego atheist community would like to change that now, and in the new year.

2010 Census Reveals Greatest Growth in Southwest

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Data from the 2010 Census show the Southwest grew more than any other region in the country.

Judge Grants Tribe's Request To Halt Solar Project

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A giant solar plant by NTR's Tessera Solar runs into major roadblocks. The injunction is a victory for the Quechan tribe, which has opposed the project for years.

Deportation Pushes Mothers Into Endless Cycle of Illegal Crossings

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As deportations of undocumented immigrants have increased over the last year, so has the separation of mothers from their kids. But for many women, that reality is pushing them into an endless cycle of illegal border crossings and deportations.

Ground Broken On Sunrise Powerlink Amid Protest

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SDG&E broke ground on the controversial Sunrise Powerlink project Thursday. For years, local residents, community leaders, organizations and elected officials fought the project, concerned in part that the route will traverse some of the most fire prone areas of San Diego County. KPBS Fronteras Reporter Ruxandra Guidi explains why tribal leaders oppose the powerlink and what is being done now to stop the project from progressing.

Protests, Cheers At Sunrise Powerlink Groundbreaking

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Construction of the Sunrise Powerlink Project began in September. Three months since, its groundbreaking attracts protesters and local residents opposing it.

Record Numbers Of Marijuana Plants Seized In Public Lands And Forests

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In an effort to get drugs off the streets, the Drug Enforcement Agency is seizing record numbers of marijuana plants on public lands in San Diego County.

Latino Evangelical Churches Changing the Religious Landscape

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Evangelical pastors along the U.S.-Mexico border are increasingly building their Latino church services. They're focusing on youth ministry, women in the church and popular culture, and rapidly reinventing a traditionally Catholic community.

El Centro Continues To Struggle With High Unemployment

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El Centro has the unfortunate reputation for having the highest unemployment rate in the U.S. -- and it's been that way for a long time.

8 Arrested, 20 Tons Of Pot Found In New Tunnel

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U.S. authorities discovered another sophisticated cross border drug tunnel, less than a month since another large tunnel was found nearby. The half-mile underground passage runs from a residence in Tijuana to a warehouse in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego.

Growing Confusion About "Secure Communities"

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"Secure Communities" is an immigration enforcement program which runs fingerprints obtained by local police through a national database. But across the country, questions about it remain.

Report Reveals Program To Stem Flow Of Illegal Guns Into Mexico Ineffective

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, established Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stem the flow of illegal weapons from the U.S. to Mexico. But a recent review reveals significant weaknesses with the program.

El Centro Tries to Explain High Unemployment Rate

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In Imperial County's El Centro, high unemployment has long been a concern. But city officials say the shocking unemployment rate is misleading.

San Diego State Becomes 'Hispanic Serving Institution'

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San Diego State University will continue efforts to increase diversity on campus by becoming an "Hispanic Serving Institution", or HSI.

Colleges Boosting Latino Enrollment Could See More Federal Funding

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American colleges have grown more racially diverse in recent years, but minority students, especially Latinos, still lag behind in academic success. A look into Hispanic Serving Institutions and whether they're making higher education more accessible.

Immigration Least of Farmer's Worries

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An estimated 80,000 farms in California and many more along the border rely on undocumented workers to keep labor costs down. But for many farm owners, the nation's current debate over immigration is the least of their concerns.

Foreign-Born Gain More Jobs During Slow Recovery

The most recent employment data show that 151,000 jobs were added in the U.S. in October. But immigrant workers are having an easier time landing jobs than native-born Americans.

What's the Cost of An Increase in Deportations?

Just days before the midterm election, a group of Republican senators asked the government what it would cost to deport every single undocumented immigrant. Here's a look into the monetary cost of our current policy of deportation.

Clashes Over Police Checkpoints And Deportations Increasing In Escondido

Over the weekend, federal immigration agents working with local police in Escondido arrested two undocumented immigrants with past criminal convictions. The driver's license checkpoints and deportations--and the protests against them--are escalating in the community.

Controversial Mailer In Escondido Makes Immigration A Local Issue

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The mayoral race in the city of Escondido is shaping up to be as much about undocumented immigration as about other local issues. This is not a new phenomenon for the North County city.

'The Numbers Tell the Story' Says Napolitano About Increased Border Security

The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, visited the San Ysidro Port of Entry Monday. The tour was part of the Obama Administration's effort to be seen as tough on border security.

Study Reveals Crime in California Drops As Immigration Increases

In the last two decades, California's immigrant population has seen its fastest growth ever. A new study is linking this demographic trend with a drastic a drop in crime rates.

When It Comes To Latinos, Election Is Both About Youth And Tradition

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With midterm elections less than two weeks away, efforts to get the coveted Latino vote are ramping up. Democrats are hoping for a loyal turnout, while Republicans are appealing to the disenchanted.

Pa' Bailar Tijuana Tries to Get People Dancing Across the Border

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Pa' Bailar Tijuana is trying to get people to dance on the streets on October 21st. On the U.S. side of the public performance, people will be gathering at the Plaza Las Americas Outlet Mall at 6:00 pm. The idea is to celebrate Tijuana, despite the ongoing stigma of violence that has affected the border city for years.

Latinos Are Majority In Escondido, But Feel Targeted By Police

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Residents of Escondido say local police have a measures in place that targets undocumented people. Driver's license checkpoints and gang patrols are silencing many in the community.

Fiorina Supporters Court Conservative Latinos

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U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is courting the conservative Latino vote. The "Vote Your Values" bus tour made a stop Monday at a church in Chula Vista.

More Latinos Reaching Voting Age

Latinos make up almost a third of San Diego County residents. Come November 2nd, their vote may be crucial -- especially for young, first-time voters.

Farm Jobs Big In San Diego, But Not Among Americans

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Despite the high unemployment, Americans in San Diego aren't taking farm jobs. The United Farm Workers' Take Our Jobs Campaign has been trying to change that.

Fire In Tecate Highlights Cross-Border Collaboration

There are U.S.-Mexico partnerships in trade, health and in the fight against drugs. When it comes to fighting fires, the protocol for collaboration is even easier -- they just have to ask.

Hunting And Fishing Bring Revenue To California

Hunters and fishermen in California spend an astounding $10 million a day in their activities, and that's despite a decrease in the number of licenses being given out by the state.