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Stories by Jean Guerrero

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California Senate Is Asking US Government To Apologize For Family Separations

Aug. 16
By Jean Guerrero

California state senators passed a resolution asking the nation’s top leaders to apologize to immigrant children separated from their parents.

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Once Protected Family Faces Possible Deportation Under Trump Immigration Crackdown

Aug. 7
By Jean Guerrero

A family in East County is asking for help after the Trump administration revoked certain protections for people with pending private immigration bills in Congress.

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Tijuana Artist Highlights Trump's Family Separation Policy Through San Diego Murals

Aug. 7
By Jean Guerrero

A Tijuana artist is painting murals to raise awareness about the Trump administration’s family separations in San Diego.

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Judge Credits, Faults Administration On Family Reunification

July 27
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

A U.S. judge commended the Trump administration Friday for reunifying families with their children after they were separated at the Mexico border but also warned that a better system must be put in place because hundreds of families have yet to be reunited.

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Where Are The Parents Who Were Separated From Their Children And Removed From US?

July 26
By Jean Guerrero

Thursday is the deadline for reunifying immigrant parents and children that the Trump administration separated. Meanwhile, nonprofits are working to locate more than 400 parents who were sent back home without their children.

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One-Year-Old Reunited With Father In San Diego After Months In Problematic Child Shelter

July 11
By Jean Guerrero

Mateo Fuentes was reunited with his Salvadoran asylum-seeking father, Jose Demar Fuentes, just in time for a court-ordered reunification deadline for children under age five.

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Child Faces Immigration Judge Without Her Parents In San Diego

July 10
By Jean Guerrero

Attorneys in San Diego say children are having to appear in front of an immigration judge without their parents because the Department of Justice is processing their cases separately.

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One Answer To #WhereAreTheGirls Is A Migrant House In Lemon Grove

July 9
By Jean Guerrero

Despite public pressure, the U.S. government has declined to let media see any of the detention facilities for migrant girls. But KPBS found a house in Lemon Grove where some girls are kept.

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Border Patrol Chief In San Diego Discusses Border Wall Replacement Project

July 5
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera

Construction is underway to replace a 14-mile stretch of border fencing between the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego County.

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Border Fencing That Honored The Dead Is Torn Down

July 4
By Jean Guerrero

Construction crews are replacing a stretch of border fence between San Diego and Tijuana that had become a symbol of those who died crossing the border.

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Border Patrol Chief In San Diego Discusses Zero-Tolerance Immigration Policy

July 3
By Jean Guerrero, Marissa Cabrera

Rodney Scott, chief patrol agent of the Border Patrol's San Diego sector, says President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy remains in effect but due to limited detention space, not every person caught crossing the border illegally is being criminally prosecuted.

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San Diego Church To Launch Temporary Housing Network For Asylum-Seekers

June 28
By Jean Guerrero

Amid a public outcry over the Trump administration's family separation policy, the Christ United Methodist Ministry Center in Normal Heights is helping asylum-seekers with necessities like beds.

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Congressional Democrats Tour San Diego Immigration Detention Facilities

June 18
By Jean Guerrero, KPBS News

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and more than a dozen members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus came to San Diego to tour detention facilities and see the first-hand the effects of the Trump Administration’s family separation policies.

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Rare Look Inside A Child Migrant Shelter In El Cajon Amid Family Separation Outcry

June 15
By Jean Guerrero

About 10 percent of the children at Casa San Diego were separated from their parents by the U.S. government, according to the shelter's operators.

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Attorneys Worry Streamlined Immigrant Prosecutions Could Lead To Problems

June 8
By Jean Guerrero

The fast-track prosecution program Operation Streamline is supposed to help implement the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” for illegal border crossings by handling cases in groups rather than individually.

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Border Wall Replacement Project Begins In San Diego

June 1
By Jean Guerrero

Construction to replace 14 miles of existing fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego began Friday.

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ACLU: Misconduct Claims By Children Are Widespread At Border

May 24
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday released documents detailing widespread allegations of misconduct by U.S. border authorities toward children, including kicking one in the ribs, denying medical attention to a pregnant teen who complained of pain and threatening others with sexual abuse.

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Is The US Discriminating Against Central Americans In Border Prosecutions?

May 23
By Jean Guerrero

A mysterious list that the Mexican government provided to the U.S., allegedly containing the names of people who were part of a "caravan" of Central Americans that President Trump lamented on social media and in speeches, was a focus of a hearing Wednesday in the prosecutions of three women who crossed the border illegally in late April.

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Human Rights Attorneys Say U.S.-Mexico Collaboration On Asylum-Seekers Is Problematic

May 18
By Jean Guerrero

Human rights attorneys say the U.S. is putting the lives of asylum-seekers at risk by working with Mexico to process them.

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Trump Admin. Unlawfully Targeted Only Migrant Caravan Members, Attorneys Say

May 10
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

On the last weekend of April, as a caravan of Central American migrants waited in Tijuana to seek asylum at the United States border in San Ysidro, 29 undocumented immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol agents for allegedly trying to sneak into the country, but only 11 of those detainees were later charged with a crime.

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Trump Fact Check: San Diego County Did Not Ask For Border Wall

May 9
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump says "San Diego" asked him to move forward on the border wall here. A San Diego County spokesman clarified that the county made no such request.

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Sessions Says 'Zero Tolerance' Policy For Border Crossers May Split Families

May 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to refer anyone who enters the United States illegally on the Mexican border to his office for prosecution.

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Central Americans Will Seek Asylum At Southern US Border

April 29
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

U.S. officials say San Diego's border crossing has reached capacity even before a caravan of Central American migrants criticized by the Trump administration began to seek asylum.

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Migrant 'Caravan' Gathers On US-Mexico Border

April 27
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

About 170 migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers have arrived in Tijuana, joining about nearly 200 others on their final stop before entering the United States.

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Final 150 Central Americans In Caravan Arrive In Tijuana

April 26
By Jean Guerrero

About 160 more Central Americans arrived in Tijuana on Thursday evening, the last of a "caravan" of more than 300 asylum-seeking immigrants that the Trump administration has accused of planning to enter the U.S. illegally.

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Central American Asylum-Seekers Continue To Arrive In Tijuana

April 25
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

Nearly 200 more Central Americans are expected to arrive in Tijuana on Thursday, according to Pueblo Sin Fronteras, a group that has been organizing caravans of asylum seekers through Mexico.

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Remnants Of Migrant Caravan To Arrive In Tijuana This Week

April 23
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

The remnants of a caravan of Central American migrants protested in northern Mexico on Monday, even as once again they drew angry tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump. The approximately 600 migrants arrived in the northern city of Hermosillo aboard trains over the weekend.

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San Diego County Board Of Supervisors Votes To Support Trump ‘Sanctuary’ State Lawsuit

April 17
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

With the vote, San Diego County became California's most populous county to rebuke state policies aimed at protect select immigrants from deportation.

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Local Officials Urge County To Join Challenge Of Sanctuary Law

April 16
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Elected officials and local residents urged the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Monday to join the federal government's lawsuit challenging California's sanctuary state law.

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After 14-Years Deported Veteran Finally Granted Citizenship

April 13
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Hector Barajas on Friday was finally sworn in as a United States citizen.

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Groups Want Immigration Officials To Stop Detaining Pregnant Women

April 11
By Jean Guerrero

In a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, civil and human rights organizations argue that the agency is endangering lives by detaining pregnant women.

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Displaced By Two Countries: Tijuana’s Homeless Migrants

March 28
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana’s homeless migrants have long been seen by many locals as a nuisance: bad for business, protagonists of petty crime, drug addicts.

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Immigration Agency's Latest California Focus Hits San Diego

March 16
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

Federal immigration agents arrested 115 people during a three-day operation in the San Diego area amid heightened tensions between the Trump administration and the state of California over immigration enforcement.

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Trump's Planned Visit To San Diego Draws Supporters, Protesters and Tight Security

March 12
By Jean Guerrero, Susan Murphy

Security preparations are underway for President Donald Trump's expected visit to San Diego on Tuesday, when he will inspect eight prototypes for his proposed border wall.

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San Diego Federal Judge Curiel Rules In Favor Of Government In Border Wall Construction Case

Feb. 27
By Jean Guerrero

A federal judge in San Diego ruled in favor of the U.S. government on Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s effort to bypass environmental and other laws to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Asylum-Seeking Mother Reunited With Her Baby After US Kept Apart For Weeks

Feb. 27
By Jean Guerrero

Olivia Caceres, an asylum seeker from El Salvador, has been reunited with her 1-year-old son, Mateo, after months of back-and-forth with The Office of Refugee Resettlement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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ACLU Sues US Over Separation Of Mother, Child Seeking Asylum

Feb. 26
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

The American Civil Liberties Union accused the U.S. government on Monday of unlawfully separating a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter by holding them in different immigration facilities, two time zones apart, after they sought asylum four months ago.

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Ruling Expected Soon In Trump Border-Wall Case

Feb. 9
By Erik Anderson, Jean Guerrero, KPBS News

A ruling is expected this week after further briefing in the lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's effort to bypass environmental laws to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Young Immigrants Rally At Border Wall For 'Clean' Dream Act

Feb. 7
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Dozens of immigrants and activists marched Wednesday near San Diego's border with Tijuana to urge Congress to protect immigrants living in the country illegally from deportation.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Junot Díaz Discusses Immigration And New Book, 'Islandborn'

Feb. 6
By Jean Guerrero

Junot Díaz, author of "The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao," talks with KPBS about his new children's book, President Trump's border wall, collapsing imaginaries and the "curse" that plagues the U.S.

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Border Communities React To Trump's State Of The Union Address

Jan. 31
By Jean Guerrero

Across San Diego, the President's comments during his first State of the Union address may have deepened rifts on border security.

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'Paddle Out' Honors Murdered Imperial Beach City Official

Jan. 29
By Jean Guerrero

A month after Douglas Bradley was fatally shot on vacation in southern Mexico, more than a dozen friends and colleagues paddled out into the Imperial Beach waves in his memory.

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One Year Into Trump's Presidency, Border Wall Remains A Question

Jan. 24
By Jean Guerrero

One year since President Trump issued an executive order calling for the "immediate construction" of a new wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, eight prototypes remain the order's only manifestation.

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A Look At The Artistic Protest Inspired By Trump's Wall Prototypes

Jan. 24
By Jean Guerrero

Visual artists in San Diego used the border wall prototypes for an artistic protest, projecting light graffiti onto their surfaces with messages like "Refugees welcome here."

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Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting Of Imperial Beach Official In Mexico

Jan. 9
By Jean Guerrero

Mexican officials have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of Douglas Bradley, an Imperial Beach official who was on vacation in southern Mexico.

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Fatal Shooting Of San Diego Area Official During Mexico Vacation Remains A Mystery

Jan. 5
By Jean Guerrero

Douglas Bradley, administrative services director for the City of Imperial Beach, was on a surfing trip in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Mexico, when he was fatally shot.

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Homeland Security Practice Of Separating Children From Parents Triggers Complaint

Dec. 29, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Eight human rights groups are awaiting resolution on a complaint they filed against the Department of Homeland Security for the "fundamentally unconscionable" practice of separating children from parents in detention.

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Asylum-Seeking Mother Crosses Border After Immigration Officials Separated Baby From Father

Dec. 29, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

Olivia Caceres, the mother of 1-year-old Mateo Fuentes, crossed the border Thursday through the San Ysidro Port of entry with her 4-year-old son, Andree.

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San Diego Ports Of Entry Pause Entry Of New Asylum Seekers

Dec. 27, 2017
By Jean Guerrero

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said San Diego area ports of entry have reached capacity and "cannot bring additional people" into the installations "until individuals already at the port of entry are transferred."

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Judge's Partial Lifting Of Trump Ban Gives Some Relief To San Diego Refugees

Dec. 26, 2017
By Associated Press, Jean Guerrero

After hearing heartbreaking stories of refugees who have struggled to reconnect with their families and listening to the plight of others who strive to leave dangerous situations, a federal judge said he would try to issue a ruling on a motion to block a Trump administration ban on refugees before Christmas.

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