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University Of San Diego: Mexico's Violence Isn't Just About Drugs

May 3
By Jean Guerrero

A new University of San Diego report shows that Mexico’s bloodshed is fed by many different criminal enterprises.

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Mexico's American Gun Problem

April 30
By Jean Guerrero

As President Trump wants to fight drugs and migrants pouring into the U.S., Mexico is reeling from bloodshed fueled by American guns, bullets and grenades pouring into Mexico.

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San Diego County Has Among The Highest Rates Of ICE Community Arrests

April 17
By Jean Guerrero

Records obtained by Syracuse University show that San Diego County has one of the highest rates of ICE community arrests; those that happen at homes, work or on travel.

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San Diego, Interrupted: Trump’s Threats To Close The Border Slow Cross-Border Trade

April 4
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump's threats to close the border are frightening people on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border, resulting in less commerce between the two cities.

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Mexico's President Renews Call For Apology From Spain For Conquest Violence

March 27
By Jean Guerrero

Mexico’s President was in Tijuana on Wednesday repeating his call for Spain to apologize for crimes against indigenous people during their conquest of what's now Mexico.

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Fentanyl Is Flowing Through Mexico To The US, Often As Fake Oxycontin

March 26
By Jean Guerrero

Experts say the nation’s deadliest drug — fentanyl — is increasingly coming in from Mexico, through ports of entry like San Ysidro.

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San Diego Regional Chamber Of Commerce Heads To Mexico City

March 18
By Jean Guerrero

The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce is heading to Mexico City at the end of the month. Nearly 100 U.S. and Mexican business and community leaders will be in the delegation.

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Congolese Family Pleads For Help With Dad's Asylum Case

Feb. 28
By Jean Guerrero

As soon as Friday, a father of seven from the Democratic Republic of Congo may be returned to a country where he fears he’ll be killed.

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Trump's Border Wall Prototypes Crumble Under Demolition Crews

Feb. 27
By Jean Guerrero

The prototypes for President Trump’s border wall were being demolished in Otay Mesa on Wednesday.

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Politicians Tour San Ysidro Port Of Entry, Praise Operations

Feb. 22
By Jean Guerrero

U.S. House majority leader Steny Hoyer toured the San Ysidro Port Of Entry Friday to evaluate a recent pilot program to return some asylum seekers to Mexico.

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San Diego Judge Considers Expanding Migrant Family Reunification Case

Feb. 21
By Jean Guerrero

A federal judge in San Diego plans to rule within the next few days on whether to expand a family separation case at the U.S.-Mexico border to include potentially thousands more migrant children.

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Mother's Journey Shows Some Asylum-Seekers Are Reaching The US

Feb. 21
By Jean Guerrero

As the Trump administration continues to push for funding for a border wall to address an ‘invasion’ of people, asylum-seeking families continue to trickle through legally.

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Activists Call Out 'Fake Emergency' At San Diego Rally

Feb. 18
By Jean Guerrero, Kris Arciaga

More than 100 people attended the rally calling President Trump's national emergency declaration a "fake crisis" to fund a border wall.

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Asylum-Seekers Find Shelter In San Diego After Release On Streets

Feb. 14
By Jean Guerrero

As the San Diego County Board of Supervisors prepares to sue the Trump administration for its handling of asylum-seeking families, the San Diego Rapid Response Network is helping families.

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San Diego County Sues Trump Administration Over Asylum Policy

Feb. 12
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to sue the Trump administration over its handling of asylum-seeking families.

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Asylum Seekers Letters Made Public At San Diego State University

Feb. 11
By Jean Guerrero

The San Diego State University Library has released a collection of hundreds of letters from asylum-seekers being held at the Otay Mesa detention center.

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Mexico Official Explains Why Returned Asylum-Seekers Will Be Accepted

Feb. 7
By Jean Guerrero

A top Mexican official says the Mexican government wants to welcome migrants, regardless of which border they're coming from.

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U.S. Says Mexico's Concerns About Returning Asylum-Seeking Families To Mexico Won't Change Plans

Feb. 1
By Jean Guerrero

The Department of Homeland Security says a newly launched program to return some asylum seekers to Mexico while they await their day in U.S. court will help keep families together.

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Trump Administration Starts Returning Asylum Seekers To Tijuana

Jan. 29
By Jean Guerrero

As Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen toured the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a Honduran asylum-seeker was returned to Mexico to await his U.S. asylum proceedings.

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Radical American Activists Flock To Migrant Caravan In Tijuana

Jan. 16
By Jean Guerrero

As President Donald Trump continues his fight for a border wall, Americans are flocking to the Central American migrant caravan in Tijuana from across the U.S., for a very different reason — including left-wing activists who are encouraging migrants to jump the fence en masse.

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Mexican Official Says Main Migrant Shelter In Tijuana Will Close

Jan. 8
By Jean Guerrero

Mexican officials plan to close the main Tijuana shelter for the Central American migrant caravan in the coming weeks, saying it was never meant to be permanent.

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Witnesses Dispute US Authorities' Account Of New Year's Border Tear Gas Incident

Jan. 2
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump says 150 migrants "charged" the border, and the Department of Homeland Security calls them a "violent mob." Witnesses say the migrants were peaceful until the tear gas was launched.

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Honduran Family Pictured Fleeing Tear Gas At US-Mexico Border Released On Parole

Dec. 21, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Maria Meza and her five children were released on parole Friday evening by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

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Mexican-American Woman Pushes Trump Agenda In Tijuana

Dec. 21, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana residents remain divided about the migrant caravan, hundreds of whom must now stay in Mexico while their asylum proceedings unfold in the U.S.

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Caravan Migrants Settle Into New Shelter In Tijuana

Dec. 4, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

About 2,400 migrants are staying at an abandoned concert hall run by the Mexican federal government as they await their turn to ask for asylum in the U.S.

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False Rumors In Tijuana Motivate Some Migrants To Turn Back

Nov. 28, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Dozens of people from the Central American migrant exodus are heading back home, fueled in part by misinformation.

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Mothers In Migrant Caravan Fear Unruly Men Will Ruin Chance At Asylum

Nov. 23, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

As Tijuana struggles to cope with thousands of Central American arrivals, mothers in the exodus fear some unruly men in their midst could ruin their opportunities to enter the U.S.

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Church Volunteers Denied Access To Immigrant Detainees In Fight Over Right To Speak Out

Nov. 7, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

The American Civil Liberties Union is threatening a lawsuit if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the private prison company Corecivic don't revoke a new requirement that prohibits church volunteers from speaking to the press.

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Trapped In Tijuana: US Asks Asylum-Seekers To Wait Amid Record Homicides

Oct. 31, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump is urging a “migrant caravan” to apply for asylum in Mexico rather than in the U.S., as homicides there reach an all-time high. KPBS looks at the asylum-seekers already stuck in Tijuana, waiting for their turn to enter the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

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Tijuana-Based Activist Defending Caravan Jailed In Southern Mexico

Oct. 19, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana-based activist Irineo Mujica remains in jail after he was arrested in southern Mexico while marching in solidarity with a Honduran caravan that President Trump is condemning.

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Top Mexican Diplomat Defends US-Mexico Collaboration To Control Flows Of Asylum-Seekers

Oct. 18, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez, responds to questions about the legality and morality of its collaboration with the U.S. to control flows of migrants and asylum-seekers from Central America.

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US And Mexico Move To Block Honduran Migrant Caravan, Triggering Human Rights Concerns

Oct. 18, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Mexico has deployed federal police to keep a mass exodus of Hondurans from entering its southern border as President Trump demands Mexico stop the caravan. Human rights activists and attorneys say this is endangering lives.

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Honduran Migrant Caravan Heads To US Amid Trump Threats

Oct. 16, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Hundreds of Hondurans are making their way to the U.S., fleeing violence and poverty. It's the second caravan to capture President Trump's attention.

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Mexico's Ambassador Talks About Pros And Cons Of New Trade Deal

Oct. 11, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

As San Diego and Tijuana business leaders lobby for Congressional approval of the new NAFTA, Mexico's Ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez, discussed the deal with KPBS.

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US Authorities Investigate Cross-Border Tunnel Near Jacumba

Oct. 9, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

The tunnel was more than 30 feet underground and was powered by solar panels.

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More Than 200 Immigrant Children Remain Separated From Their Parents

Oct. 9, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

More than 200 children are still separated from their parents after the U.S. separated nearly 3,000 of them at the border.

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San Diego, Baja Leaders Wrap Washington Trip With Optimism For Cross-Border Business

Oct. 3, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

A binational delegation led by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce concluded a mission to Washington, D.C. with optimism for trade and tourism.

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Congressman Juan Vargas Talks New Trade Deal And Ports Of Entry

Oct. 3, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Congressman Juan Vargas sat down with KPBS in Washington, D.C. for a one-on-one interview on the United-States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, ports of entry improvements and more.

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Mexico's Poor Farmers Aren't Expected To Benefit From New Trade Deal

Oct. 1, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement is being touted as a boon to the economies of North America. But experts say Mexico’s small-scale farmers are getting the short end of the stick again.

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San Diego And Baja California Leaders Celebrate New Trade Deal With Canada

Oct. 1, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Dozens of San Diego and Baja California business and community leaders cheered over breakfast Monday morning in Washington, D.C., after learning the U.S. had reached a late-night deal to save the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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US Still Separating Families At Border When Children Are US Citizens

Sept. 26, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

President Trump promised to stop family separations at the border after a public outcry this summer. But KPBS has confirmed that the U.S. is still separating families when the children are U.S. citizens.

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Border Agency Spokesman Says Wall Prototypes Didn't Need Tunnel Tests

Sept. 20, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

A government document obtained by KPBS showed tactical teams did not test border wall designs for tunneling resistance. Now a spokesman says such testing wasn’t necessary.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Considers Limiting Bond Hearings For Certain Asylum-Seekers

Sept. 19, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered a stay on a case that gives asylum-seekers who cross the border illegally a right to a bond hearing so that he can review it.

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Government Report Shows Border Wall Designs Can Be Broken

Sept. 17, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection report obtained by KPBS through a Freedom of Information Act request reveals mock-ups of all eight border wall prototypes were found vulnerable to at least one breaching technique.

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Trump Administration: Separated Immigrant Families Could Get Second Chance At Asylum

Sept. 13, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

The Department of Justice reached an agreement Wednesday night with the ACLU regarding the asylum rights of separated immigrant families.

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Tijuana's Plastic Bag Ban Expected To Help San Diego Beaches And River Valley

Sept. 13, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana’s city council has approved a ban on plastic bags. It goes further than California’s ban, prohibiting the sale, delivery and gifting of biodegradable bags as well.

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Tijuana Police Chief Says He'll Work With Caravan Group To Protect Migrants

Sept. 7, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Tijuana's police chief says he'll work to protect migrant rights with Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group whose leader was arrested earlier this week.

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More Than 400 Immigrant Children Remain Separated From Their Parents

Sept. 6, 2018
By City News Service, Jean Guerrero

Months after the Trump administration separated hundreds of immigrant families, 416 children are still separated from their parents.

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Migrant Activist Who Led Asylum Caravans Released From Jail In Mexico

Sept. 5, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

An organizer for a migrant rights group was released from a Tijuana jail after he was arrested on charges of "affronting police."

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Asylum Seekers At Otay Mesa Facility Allege Uncomfortably High Temperatures

Aug. 31, 2018
By Jean Guerrero

Several asylum seekers allege the air conditioning in a holding area of the Otay Mesa detention facility was broken for nearly a week and that they can't tolerate the heat.

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