Category Archives: Tijuana & Baja California

Deportees and Refugees Crowd Migrant Shelters

Like 20 years ago, migrants still come to Tijuana in need of food, warmth and a place to rest their heads. But in important respects, the circumstances of newcomers have changed at two Roman Catholic Church-supported shelters in the northern Mexican border city. Unlike the days of two decades past, when virtually all of the…
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Drones over Tijuana

If Tijuana’s new municipal government has its way, drones will fly over the northern Mexican border city in 2014. In an interview with the Mexican press, Mayor Jorge Astiazaran Orci, a member of  President Pena Nieto’s Institutional Revolutionary Party who took office at the beginning of December, said his administration is working with a California…
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Skeletons of the Housing Crisis

In Baja California, tens of thousands of houses stand abandoned as the casualties of recent crisis.  Of the inventory of empty homes, between 19,000 and 20,000 of the units were financed by Infonavit, the Mexican federal agency that provides housing for maquiladora and other low-income workers. In a bid to recuperate the housing stock, Infonavit…
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Border Poppies

On an overflight of mountains bordering the U.S. this week, the pilots of a Mexican helicopter noticed a colorful patch of ground that seemed out of place in the prevalent foliage below. Suspecting something amiss, the crew from the Baja California State Secretariat of Public Safety notified fellow state police officers. After hiking into isolated…
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Deportation, Drugs and Delinquency in Tijuana

Are U.S. and Mexican deportation and reintegration policies fomenting delinquency in Tijuana? According to a prominent academic researcher and immigrant rights activist, the answer is yes. Victor Clark Alfaro, director of Tijuana’s Binational Center for Human Rights, told the local press that the deportation of gang-affiliated individuals who are left on their own in the…
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Occupy Tijuana Tests Rights

Inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement, a protest in Tijuana is shaping up to be a test between the right of citizens to assemble peacefully and the desire of authorities to maintain public order. In the wee hours of the morning of Tuesday, October 18, dozens of state, municipal and possibly federal police officers…
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Prisoners of the Grid

The September 8 blackout provoked by a failure at a private utility company substation in Yuma, Arizona, rolled across the border and affected more than 1.3 million people in northern Mexico, according to press accounts. For more than ten hours, chaotic scenes unfolded in the states of Baja California and part of neighboring Sonora. Workplaces…
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Baja Goes for Space Dollars

In a renewed bid to further position their localities in a booming 21st century industry, officials in Tijuana and Baja California will host an aerospace conference later this month. Jacobo Ackerman Garcia, local delegate for Mexico’s Economy Ministry, said the goal of the July 21-22 event at Tijuana’s international airport is to provide a networking…
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Tijuana’s Changed Migration Landscape

In Tijuana, the modalities of migration changed significantly during the decade of 2000-2010. Reinforced US border walls, stepped-up on-the-ground vigilance, zooming helicopters and high tech surveillance on the US side of the border forced would-be migrants into more dangerous passages. The transformed landscape dramatically increased the cost of crossing, and strengthened transnational outlaw groups that…
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Baja California News: Outcry Follows Migrant’s Death

[baddate] A Mexican national who died after a confrontation with US border agents has become the latest symbol of the crisis surrounding US-Mexico relations and migrant affairs. Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, a 42-year-old father of five US-born children, died in a California hospital May 31, following a violent encounter with US Customs and Border Protection and…
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