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Border Reporter — U-T San Diego

Live in U.S., work in Mexico Border reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Tijuana shantytowns face high risks in flooding from El Niño — When rain falls, water rushes dangerously close to Julian Covarrubias' house near a narrow streambed near the U.S. border. Like many of his neighbors in this tightly packed section of Tijuana's eastern Las Torres neighborhood, Covarrubias knows the dangers of staying put, but he has no plans to...

U.S.-Mexico border communities need stronger, broader links — Though U.S.-Mexico trade has boomed since the 1994 implementation of the North American Trade Agreement, border regions are missing opportunities by not taking a more integrated approach to economic development, according to a report released this week.

Mexico's El Bronco tells of historic win — Days from his inauguration, the governor-elect the northern Mexican border state of Nuevo Leon is working to spread the word about his historic victory. Jaime "El Bronco" Rodríguez, the first major independent candidate to win an election in Mexico in nearly nine decades, spoke in San Diego on Wednesday at the University Club at the invitation of the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos.

Suspected child smugglers arrested — The Central American children arrived at the San Diego border without their parents, authorities said. Some as young as 6 or 7, they were in the hands of a human smuggling group, held in Tijuana safe houses and when the time was right, driven to the United States, they said.

Tijuana dreaming: Visions for city's downtown — Visions for redeveloping Tijuana's downtown area took center stage during a breakfast dialogue Thursday held by Citizens Coordinate for Century 3. Ideas included a solar farm, small parks, a binational bike path, and a mixed-use project with apartments, offices and commercial space.

Ten suspects under arrest in Tijuana following breakup of alleged child smuggling ring — At least 10 suspects were in custody Wednesday following a yearlong investigation into a human smuggling ring that brought unaccompanied minors from Central America to the United States, Mexican federal authorities said.
Sep 23, 2015

U.S. and Mexico collaborate to break up smuggling ring in Tijuana for unaccompanied minors from Central America:…

Sep 24, 2015

RT @sandradibble: U.S. and Mexico collaborate to break up smuggling ring in Tijuana for unaccompanied minors from Central America:…

Sep 24, 2015

After a yearlong collaborative investigation between Mex & US authorities, child-smuggling ring in TJ broken up |…

UCSD, Cubic, collaborate to look at role technology can play in the border's future — Electronic "noses" to sniff out illegal drugs. Snake-like robots that maneuver through tight spaces into vehicles and their cargo. Sensors that track the movement of travelers entering and exiting the border region.

Tijuana prepares for El Niño — Like San Diego, Tijuana is preparing for El Niño, as warmer than normal ocean temperatures could bring heavy rains rains to the region this winter. In Tijuana, neighborhoods such as Las Torres are of special concern, with residents in fragile, makeshift structures in areas that are often unapproved for development.

San Diego ship to track rare vaquita porpoises — Scientists estimate that fewer than 100 vaquita porpoise exist today, all of them in the upper Gulf of California. Aiming for a more precise tally, researchers from the United States and Mexico are preparing to travel this month to the vaquita's habitat aboard a San Diego-based research vessel, the Ocean Starr.

Tijuana killings raise concerns — A series of recent killings and the appearance of banners with defiant narco-messages has once again put the spotlight on violence in Tijuana. Through Tuesday, the city counted 447 homicides for the year, according to the Baja California Attorney General's Office; if current rates persist, the city is now on track to surpass last year's total of 493.
Sep 17, 2015

In Tijuana, an increase in murders and an "...increased level of fighting for the plaza."…

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Oct 05, 2015

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Sep 23, 2015

U.S. and Mexico collaborate to break up smuggling ring in Tijuana for unaccompanied minors from Central America:…

Sep 18, 2015

RT @ThinkMexican: As predicted, exodus of Cubans entering US through Mexico. 18,520 at Laredo’s ports of entry in the last year alone.

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