Border Reporting

“In the age of Trump, Guerrero is often the balanced voice of reason … when it comes to everything from the border wall to Tijuana drug tunnels.”

-San Diego CityBeat

For Jean Guerrero’s work as a foreign correspondent, click here.

America’s Wall

This isn’t President Trump’s wall. This is America’s wall. A months-long investigation led by Jean Guerrero with her team at KPBS and inewsource revealed never-before-published details about how construction on the existing U.S.-Mexico border fence pushed illegal cross-border traffic into the desert, into the ocean, into the earth and into the sky. Jean also sought out people whose lives have been shaped by America’s wall. The web series was an unprecedented digital innovation for the newsroom.


America’s Wall: Decades-Long Struggle To Secure US-Mexico Border (RECOMMENDED READ)

PBS: Will Trump’s Wall Ever Be Built? 

Vigilante: Bob Maupin Patrols His Border-Adjacent Property

Rescuer: Ely Ortiz Searches For The Dead At The Border (RECOMMENDED READ)

Mother: Cross-Border Wife Commutes To See Deported Husband

Border Wall Designs Deemed Breakable

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection report obtained by Jean Guerrero through FOIA shows new border wall barriers could fail to keep people from breaking into the U.S. — at least if they’re based on the steel and concrete barriers tested in last year’s $5-million Otay Mesa prototype project. The heavily-redacted report reveals that every  mock-up was deemed vulnerable to at least one breaching technique. Read her investigation.


Abuses Against The Deported

What happens to people deported from the U.S.? Jean Guerrero wanted to find out. She followed the plight of deportees for more than a year in a series of investigative reports that took her into Mexico’s sewers and won first-place San Diego Press Club awards, including Best Of Show, shedding light on human rights violations. Tijuana’s police chief was asked to resign the night the final report in this series aired on PBS NewsHour.

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NPR: Why Tijuana’s ‘Tunnel People’ Take The Risk

KPBS: Missing Funds And People In Tijuana’s Homeless Relocation Effort (RECOMMENDED READ)

KPBS: Tijuana Migrants Hide In Tunnels As Police Raids Turn Deadly

PBS: Police Step Up Efforts To Evict Homeless People From Canal

Hundreds Dying At The Border

Jean Guerrero journeyed into one of the deadliest smuggling routes at the U.S.-Mexico border to tell the story of the men who risk their lives to save lost migrants. She filmed a majority of the TV pieces on her iPhone. A version appeared on PBS NewsHour and Part I won the Sol Price for Responsible Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.

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KPBS: Threat Of Trump’s Wall Intensifies Search For Dying Migrants

PBS: These Volunteers Search For Migrants Who Go Missing 

KPBS: A Brother’s Fatal Journey Inspires Altruism

KPBS: Danger Stalks Search Group In The Desert 

KPBS: A Quixotic Immigrant Forges A Humanitarian Path

Asylum Seekers, Refugees, Immigrants And Detainees

Jean Guerrero has been telling the stories of asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants and detainees. Read about Jose Demar Fuentes, who came to the U.S. fleeing violence in El Salvador with his 1-year-old son, Mateo. He was separated from his son by U.S. officials for more than six months.


PBS: The Caravan Targeted By Trump 

KPBS: Father Fleeing Violence Seeks Reunion With Son Taken By Immigration Officials (RECOMMENDED READ)

PBS: Migrant Seeking Asylum Says His Toddler Was Taken Away At U.S. Border 

KPBS: Women Suffering From Consequences Of Genital Mutilation In U.S. 

PBS: Tijuana Welcomes Haitian Immigrants Stuck at U.S.-Mexico Border

KPBS: Pregnant Mother Fights For Release From Immigration Detention

KPBS: Family Still Awaiting Justice For Taser Death At Border