Live in U.S., work in Mexico Border reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. — Enrique Mier y Terán, a pioneer of the maquiladora industry in Mexico and champion of cross-border relations, has died at age 76. Mier y Terán suffered a heart attack in Tijuana on Thursday while attending a monthly luncheon of the city's consular corps. — A Syrian father holds his dead child. A boy sits shacked in a religious school in Senegal. An infant refugee is passed through barbed wire at the Hungarian border. Some of the most wrenching images in a new exhibit at the Tijuana Cultural Center (Cecut) involve children at risk in different parts of the world. — U.S. and Mexican authorities gathered at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on Friday to celebrate the opening of the new PedWest entrance for those crossing on foot from Tijuana to San Diego. But a temporary access structure on the Mexican side now has become the object of rising criticism.

For regular crossers of the U.S.-Mexico border, waiting is part of the routine — Lines of red taillights greet Jerry Jackson each morning as he launches his commute to downtown San Diego. For the 34-year-old Tijuana resident, getting to work means crossing an international border, and that often entails a two-hour wait. As the U.S. — Within minutes of its opening at noon on Friday, a new pedestrian entrance from Tijuana into San Ysidro was flooded with border-crossers - students on vacation, workers, shoppers, U.S. retirees, bicyclists - lining up at eight open lanes manned by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers. — A U.S. citizen was shot to death in the lobby of the Marriott Hotel in Tijuana on Thursday morning in what appeared to be a targeted attack. He was identified as Jorge Kalb Zarmaei, 37. Injured in the attack was the victim's father, identified as Daniel Leon Kalb Konay, 71, according to a statement from the Baja California Attorney General's Office. — More than 150 people - including academics, government officials, business leaders and members of nonprofit groups - are expected to gather in San Diego on Thursday to discuss ways of increasing charitable giving along the U.S.-Mexico border. The meeting has been convened by the U.S.-Mexico Border Philanthropy Partnership, a binational organization with more than 200 members. — As the U.S. presidential campaign draws a spotlight to the Mexican border, much of the debate has focused on illegal immigration and ways to stop it. Overlooked are the vast numbers of legal crossers like Jackson who enter the country at 25 land ports along the southwest border. — After six months without a musical leader, the Baja California Orchestra announced Tuesday the naming of a new conductor: Armando Pesqueira, a Tijuana native with broad experience as a guest conductor in Europe, China, Mexico and the United States. — With 14 new lanes, a long-awaited U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspection facility for pedestrians coming into the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry is scheduled to open on July 15. Known as PedWest, the facility will give border-crossers a new option when entering San Ysidro from Tijuana on foot.
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Jul 27, 2016

Maquiladora pioneer Enrique Mier y Teran "was a mentor for all of us who ever got involved in cross-border issues." 

Jul 25, 2016

Listening to @shirktwit talk about judicial reform in Mexico at the @MexicoInstitute of the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

Jul 19, 2016

RT @samquinones7: My story abt 100s of Haitians arriving in Tijuana up frm Brazil runs on @kcrw (89.9FM or ) at 8:44am-Check it out

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