Victor Clark-Alfaro, a lecturer at San Diego State and director of Tijuana’s Binational Center for Human Rights, began doing field work with human smugglers along the U.S-Mexico border in the late 1980s. In a Q-and-A, he discusses the business of smuggling people across the border, including the role of referrals and pricing and how it’s all changed in recent years.

There’s been an uptick in art projects happening at the border now that President Donald Trump is in office. With so much attention on the border, it’s worth taking a quick look at some of the art that’s attempted to tackle the prickly issues surrounding it. Here are 20 instances of gutsy, controversial art that has explored the border.

Performance artist Ana Teresa Fernandez has, once again, painted a segment of the border wall blue. If you stand on the beach in Playas and look north, the wall blends almost seamlessly with the sky, as if you could easily walk through the bars and end up in Imperial Beach. Fernandez has performed “Borrando la […]

Over the years San Ysidro residents have expressed concern about air pollution generated by the busiest border crossing into Mexico, pointing to an unusually high number of asthma cases. Now, as the U.S. government works to expand the port of entry, residents are spearheading their own air-pollution study.

Carl DeMaio has a simple solution to how we handle the tens of thousands of desperate Central American children who have presented themselves to the Border Patrol: Send them home. Rep. Scott Peters has reiterated his support for comprehensive reform. But it’s hard to picture how those provisions would impact kids who are already here.

Jason Wells of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce joins us on the podcast for a preview of the speedy trip you can expect through the major port of entry. Plus, iCivics, pothole repair and the state of public education.