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Roundtable: Turmoil At The Border

The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. U.S. Customs and Bor...

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Above: The entrance of a Border Patrol station in Clint, Texas. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the agency is removing children from the facility following reports of unsanitary conditions inside.

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A national outcry over conditions at an immigration detention center for children, San Diego mayoral candidates spar over plans for more housing, and election reforms are leading to more diversity in some local governments.

Aired: June 28, 2019 | Transcript

Turmoil at the border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection returned some children to a detention facility near El Paso, Texas, after hundreds were removed due to overcrowding. The story touched a nerve nationally, with workers protesting one company's involvement with detention facilities, and a major bank cutting ties with businesses that run detention centers. Congress is working to provide more money to the Department of Health and Human Services and other agencies to provide better care for detainees. Meanwhile, a photo of an immigrant father and daughter who drowned while crossing the border is drawing a reaction from President Trump and others.

RELATED: Mexico Says Immigration Efforts Focused On Southern Border

NIMBY vs YIMBY in 2020

Battle lines are being drawn in the race for San Diego mayor. This week, San Diego City Councilwoman Barbara Bry sent a campaign email with the headline “They’re Coming For Our Homes.” Bry used the email as an opportunity to indirectly criticize fellow Democrat and Assemblyman Todd Gloria for his support of a state housing bill that could limit some local control over development. Progressives came to Gloria's defense, including the chair of the San Diego County Democratic Party.

RELATED: ‘Yes In God’s Backyard’ Seeks Affordable Housing On Religious Land

Diversity in city council elections

Many cities in San Diego County have switched to a district model for city council elections. Proponents say the system helps promote diversity in government by electing people who better represent their communities. A KPBS analysis of recent elections shows mixed results when it comes to the demographic makeup of local city governments.

RELATED: San Diego Cities Are Switching To District Elections To Increase Diversity — But Is It Working?

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