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Port Of Entry Podcast: How Apps Like Tinder Are Breaking Down the US-Mexico Border Wall With Love

Two binational couples who met through smart-phone apps: From left to right - Anabolena Valenquela Garcia and Matthew Ferrell and Daniel Campos, Erandi Bravo and their two kids are pictured in these undated photos.
Collage by Kinsee Morlan
Two binational couples who met through smart-phone apps: From left to right - Anabolena Valenquela Garcia and Matthew Ferrell and Daniel Campos, Erandi Bravo and their two kids are pictured in these undated photos.
Today on “Port of Entry,” we launch a series of cross-border love stories. First up: How smart-phone applications are playing matchmaker for people on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Follow “Port of Entry” online at www.portofentrypod.org, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/portofentrypodcast) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/portofentrypod). Support our work at www.kpbs.org/donate. Search “Port of Entry” in the gifts section to get our sling bag as a thank-you gift. If your business or nonprofit wants to sponsor our show, email podcasts@kpbs.org. Text or call the "Port of Entry" team at 619-452-0228‬ anytime with questions or comments about the show.

Lots of dating apps like Tinder use proximity to match people. Here at the U.S.-Mexico border, that means people sometimes get matched with someone who lives on the other side of the wall.

The dating app has been making cross-border matches between San Diegans and Tijuanenses for years.

In a new episode of KPBS’ border podcast “Port of Entry,” we tell the stories of two binational couples. One San Diego man and Tijuana woman who met through Tinder and are now living together in Mexico where they’re building their new lives together. And another Los Angeles woman and Mexico City man who met through Uber and are still struggling to find their “happily ever after” because of immigration issues.

Port of Entry Podcast: How Apps Like Tinder Are Breaking Down the US-Mexico Border Wall With Love