The chief of San Diego’s Border Patrol section said he can’t disclose what agents look for before stopping someone, but that race and ethnicity don’t come into play. A review of enforcement actions recorded between 2011 and 2014, though, shows agents stopped people for sometimes ambiguous reasons like sitting up straight or driving slowly.
Private prisons are booming under Trump as immigration cases languish, a Tijuana Council member pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor related to a money-smuggling scheme, lowriders on display in Barrio Logan and more in our biweekly roundup of news from the border.
Despite a Sheriff’s Department policy that prohibits deputies from stopping, detaining or questioning people for reasons related to immigration, deputies contacted U.S. Border Patrol during a traffic stop and held the couple until agents arrived on scene to detain them.
There’s good news and bad news for children seeking refuge in the United States, California politicians on both sides of the aisle wade into border issues and more in our weekly roundup of news from the border.
California Sen. Kamala Harris has quickly become an outspoken opponent of Republicans’ immigration policies. In an email interview with VOSD, Harris discussed deported veterans, private detention centers and waiving polygraph tests for potential border agents.
There’s a familiar player at the heart of a bombshell New York Times report on Mexican government spying, last-ditch efforts to save the vaquita continue and more in our biweekly report on news from the border.
San Ysidro’s demographics and its location on the border contribute to a unique set of housing woes. “I can’t get my green card without an address, I can’t work without a green card and I can’t afford an apartment without work,” said one resident whose struggle is familiar to many community members.
California must draw a bright line between local police and federal immigration agents, making sure victims of crime and witnesses in investigations don’t get deported or refuse to come forward because they fear being deported.
SB 54, the so-called sanctuary state bill, would be the most significant change to local immigration enforcement in a decade – and it would come not from President Donald Trump but the state.
What ICE officers can do in and around schools, the NCAA is making inroads in Mexico, NPR and KPBS are hosting a cross-border discussion and more in our biweekly roundup of news from the border.