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Roundtable: What Happens In Haiti Matters At The Border

Little Haiti in Tijuana, where thousands of Haitians have settled after the 2...

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Above: Little Haiti in Tijuana, where thousands of Haitians have settled after the 2010 earthquake on January 12th, 2019


Kate Morrissey, immigration reporter, The San Diego Union-Tribune

Matt Hoffman, health reporter, KPBS News

Emily Alpert Reyes, public health reporter, Los Angeles Times

KPBS Roundtable airs on Fridays at 12:30 p.m. on KPBS Radio.

Presidential Assassination Rocks Haiti

Haiti's president was assassinated this week and his wife wounded as a group of gunmen broke into their home. This is the latest episode of violent political turmoil in the country, which is a key driver for people seeking asylum in places like San Diego. Immigration reporter Kate Morrissey has covered the stories of Haitians waiting in Mexico to have their cases reviewed and joins us to offer perspective on an immigration story that is sometimes overlooked.

RELATED: Haitian Asylum-Seekers Face Discrimination In Tijuana Migrant Camp

Checking In On Downtown’s Shelter Push

The city of San Diego is partnering with the county for a concentrated push in the downtown area to get people experiencing homelessness into shelters. This week, KPBS health reporter Matt Hoffman checked in with some of the groups doing this work, and those who say they would rather stay on the streets.

RELATED: Majority Of Oceanside Homeless Encampment Cleared Out

Blood Donations And Gay Men

San Diego Pride events begin this weekend and last through next week’s big parade and other celebrations. Pride is also a reflection of the progress made by the LGBTQ movement, and the challenges that remain. One of those existing barriers is blood donation by gay men. Los Angeles Times public health reporter Emily Alpert Reyes tells us about a new study that might lead to further easing of those rules.

RELATED: Openly Gay Pilot Leaving Navy After Harassment


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Roundtable is a lively discussion of the week's top stories. Local journalists join host Mark Sauer to provide insight into how these stories affect residents of the San Diego region.

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