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.
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.
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.
Border Patrol agents we spoke to aren’t sure how a border wall will change the dynamics between law enforcement and people trying to evade them. But drug tunnels, patches to the border fence and rings of concertina wire serve as reminders that for every measure taken to fortify the border, there have always been countermeasure to get around them.
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.
The children of a couple arrested for suspected immigration violations say they’ve been left to fend for themselves, the Border Patrol turns 93, coyotes are raising prices and more in our biweekly roundup of news from the border.
A high-profile activist is killed on Mother’s Day, traffic is getting worse going into Mexico, what Plexiglass has to do with one vision for the border wall and more in our biweekly roundup of news from the border.
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.
San Diego is playing a starring role in President Donald Trump’s emerging plans for a border wall. Here’s what we know about the fence that already exists, and the structure Trump wants to replace it.