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Vicente Calderón

Tijuana, Mexico
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About Vicente
Vicente Calderón is a bilingual journalist based in Tijuana, Mexico.

With more than 30 years practicing journalism on both sides of the border, Vicente Calderón understands like few others the dynamics of the news in the region where Mexico and the United States meet.

Calderón is an "All terrain" journalist with a long career that began in Tijuana radio and has been on television in Los Angeles where he served as a reporter and news anchor or in San Diego, where he was a correspondent for Mexican media. Currently he runs Tijuanapress.com, an information services agency for national and foreign media in both English and Spanish.

The agency has the blog of the same name that he created more than 15 years ago, being the first online native medium in this border city.

Tijuanapress.com is also dedicated to the training and professional development of journalists and the promotion and defense of freedom of expression.
Vicente Calderón graduated from the School of Clinical Psychology at CETYS University in Tijuana, Mexico.
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Biden's budget promotes war in Ukraine, Middle East, China, and on the US-Mexico border

15 Mar 2024  |  hechoencalifornia1010.com
The White House's budget draft targets two distinct audiences: the working class with false promises of social spending, and the financial oligarchy with significant funding. The budget proposes record military and domestic police spending, with trillions in interest payments benefiting Wall Street and billionaires. Media coverage focuses on social benefits promises, which are likely to be discarded after the election. The core of the budget is a record $850 billion for the Pentagon for FY 2025, with additional funding for wars in Ukraine and elsewhere. The budget also emphasizes investment in key technologies and industrial sectors, with a focus on preparing for potential wars with Russia and China. It includes a significant increase in nuclear weapons funding and plans for nuclear war resilience. The budget also supports the integration of the UK and Australia into US military operations and expands US military spending in Latin America. Additionally, there is a vast increase in border security spending, including new technology for surveillance. The budget also outlines the growing cost of interest payments on federal debt, which will benefit wealthy investors.

Benefactor of migrants cooks on the streets of Tijuana

07 Mar 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Esther Morales distributes food to migrants in Tijuana, with a focus on her efforts and the impact of her tamale business.

Concerns Over Organized Crime Interference in Mexican Elections

22 Feb 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
Various organizations in Mexico warn of a growing risk of organized crime seeking to intervene in this year's elections. Vicente Calderón reports that there have already been several cases of political violence, although the official campaign period has not yet begun.

Trial begins six years after the murder of a reporter in Mexico

31 Jan 2024  |  Voz de América
In Northern Mexico, the trial for the homicide of a journalist that occurred over 6 years ago began this week. Legal resources filed by the defense delayed the process. Authorities assure that justice will be served, as reported by Vicente Calderón.

Mexico appoints military to combat border beach pollution

23 Jan 2024  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Mexican government has pledged to rehabilitate infrastructure that is polluting beaches on both sides of the border due to old failures. President López Obrador has appointed military engineers to expedite the work.

Drug theft sparks violence in Tijuana

05 Jan 2024  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
At least two police officers have been killed as a result of a drug theft in Tijuana. Criminals are threatening officers, accusing them of aiding a rival cartel.

Reactions on the US-Mexico Border Following High-Level Meeting

28 Dec 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
Following a high-level meeting between Mexico and the United States, migrants at the binational border are asking both governments to listen to them, while activists anticipate a tightening of border surveillance.

Mexico: Narcocorridos Banned in Tijuana

14 Dec 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Tijuana, a city plagued by daily violence from drug trafficking, has decided to ban narcocorridos, a musical genre that sometimes glorifies criminals and exalts murderers and smugglers.

Migrant Trafficking Mafias at the Border Increase 'Rates'

17 Oct 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
With the increase in migration, smugglers have adjusted the fees for illegally crossing people, according to estimates from the International Organization for Migration. Vicente Calderón from Voz de América also spoke with migrants who have paid to cross.

Today the sentence will be handed down in the Luciano Rivera case

05 Oct 2023  |  El Sol de Tijuana | Noticias Locales, Policiacas, sobre México, Baja California y el Mundo
The sentencing in the case of journalist Luciano Rivera's murder, which occurred on July 31, 2017, is set to be delivered today. The judge, Joel Chávez Castro, will decide between acquittal or conviction. The prosecution, represented by José Reyes, argues that there is conclusive evidence against the accused, Bruno N and José Luis N, based on witness testimony. The defense, led by Sergio Zaragoza Soria, claims insufficient evidence and questions the credibility of the main witness. The case has emotional undertones, highlighted by the victim's widow's plea for justice. The accused were previously linked to the Sinaloa cartel, but this is not relevant to the current trial.

Intensify information campaigns for abuses against migrants on the southern border of the US

03 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
With the arrival of more migrants at the southern border of the United States, authorities and non-governmental groups are intensifying information campaigns to obtain asylum. These efforts aim to prevent abuses against both foreigners and nationals.

Number of Migrants from Former Soviet Republics Trying to Reach the US Increases

01 Oct 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
The number of migrants from former Soviet republics arriving in Mexico with the intention of being admitted to the United States is increasing. These migrants claim they are escaping the consequences of Putin's war.

Fragment of the Berlin Wall draws attention at the US-Mexico border

19 Sep 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
A new attraction has appeared at the Mexican border near a beach, between a lighthouse and a bullring. A piece of the Berlin Wall has been placed next to the fence dividing Mexico and the United States, serving as a call for reflection.

Danger Increases for Migrants at the Tijuana-San Diego Border

05 Sep 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
In recent years, many migrants have chosen the Tijuana border to irregularly enter the United States, considering it less dangerous. However, Vicente Calderón explains that now various drug trafficking cartels are contesting human smuggling in the area, increasing the danger for migrants.

Controversy in Mexico over legal fentanyl

25 Aug 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
An anesthesiologist's arrest in Mexico has mobilized colleagues across several cities after the prosecutor's office criminally charged him for legally purchasing fentanyl amidst a shortage of the anesthetic in the country's public hospitals.

More Migrants from Former Soviet Republics Attempt to Enter the US from Mexico

14 Aug 2023  |  www.voaindonesia.com
Central Asian men from Tajikistan, formerly part of the Soviet Union, are heading to the United States and are in Mexico seeking asylum due to the war in Ukraine. Immigration officials are encountering more asylum seekers from former Soviet countries. The Mexican government reports nearly double the number of migrants from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan from 2021 to 2022, with numbers still rising. Reporter Ulanbek Asanaliev from Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Uzbekistan broadcast went to Mexico to document their journey, finding that some asylum seekers have Russian citizenship and may have been drafted to fight in Ukraine. Instead of joining the Russian military, they are fleeing. Many migrants head to Mexican border cities like Tijuana and Reynosa, with most arriving in Mexico City or Cancun before heading to US entry points. However, many do not go to shelters for help, staying in hotels instead. The journey requires significant sacrifices, with migrants like Fayoud spending all their money on hotels and struggling to afford food. Among the migrants are also four from Belarus, a Russian ally bordering Ukraine.

Binational foundation feeds migrants in Tijuana

30 Jun 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Thousands of people waiting at the Mexican border to seek asylum in the US are staying in civil society shelters. However, without official support, these shelters sometimes can only provide a roof over their heads. Vicente Calderón from Voz de América reports from Tijuana on who is helping to ensure they do not go hungry.

Camp dismantled at border checkpoint in Tijuana, Mexico

05 Jun 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Around 400 asylum seekers camping outside the Border Bridge between Tijuana and San Diego were evicted. Although police intervention was necessary, a peaceful agreement was reached with the authorities.

Accuse CBP of Failing to Keep Scheduled Appointments with CBP One

11 May 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
U.S. authorities enabled the CBP One mobile application for asylum seekers to schedule appointments, but some individuals report that their approved appointments did not take place. Vicente Calderón from Voz de América reports on the issue.

New Anti-Drug Campaign Launched in Mexico

20 Apr 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
The Mexican government's newly launched anti-drug campaign is facing scrutiny from the country's public health specialists. Vicente Calderón reports from Baja California, a border state experiencing deaths from drug consumption and serving as a hub for fentanyl smuggling.

Main beneficiaries of CBP One in Baja California are Russians

07 Apr 2023  |  Tijuanapress.com
Approximately 40% of individuals who have entered the United States through Baja California to seek asylum via CBP One are Russian nationals, according to the Instituto Nacional de Migración de México. Since January 18, 2023, when the Biden administration expanded the use of the digital platform to various nationalities, Russians have been the largest group crossing through Mexicali and Tijuana. From January to early April, 16,838 people of different nationalities entered the U.S. through these border cities, with 6,360 being Russians. Other significant groups include Haitians, Mexicans, Venezuelans, and Cubans. The data highlights the monthly entry of Russian citizens and their significant presence among CBP One beneficiaries.

Colima, the most violent city in the world

08 Mar 2023  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
For the sixth consecutive year, a Mexican city tops the list of the 50 most violent cities in the world. The global ranking is conducted by a Mexican non-governmental organization based on the number of homicides, as reported by Vicente Calderón from Voz de América.

Anniversary of the Murder of Journalists on the Mexico-US Border

27 Jan 2023  |  vozdeamerica.com
On the one-year anniversary of the murder of two journalists, Tijuana journalists mobilize to demand authorities for not prosecuting those who ordered the killings, although six are already imprisoned.

Tijuana continues to buy water from San Diego and supply cuts persist

19 Jan 2023  |  Tijuanapress.com
Tijuana continues to face water supply issues, leading to the purchase of water from San Diego through an emergency pipeline. Despite promises from local authorities, infrastructure failures have led to ongoing supply cuts. San Diego's Water Authority has been praised for its quick response in coordinating the emergency water deliveries. Residents in Baja California are facing higher water tariffs, and public dissatisfaction is evident. The collaboration between Voice of San Diego and Tijuanapress.com highlights the ongoing water issues in the region.

Anniversary of the death of photojournalist Margarito Martínez

17 Jan 2023  |  tijuanapress.com
Family, colleagues, and friends commemorated the one-year anniversary of the assassination of independent photojournalist Margarito Martínez. The event, promoted by María de la Asunción Gutiérrez, president of the Tijuana journalists' association, took place at the freedom of expression plaza in Zona Río. Attendees included Martínez's immediate family and representatives from the United States Consulate in Tijuana, led by Consul General Tom Reott, who expressed their condolences and concerns about the high level of violence against journalists in Mexico.

Migration changes announced by Biden concern authorities and activists in Tijuana

05 Jan 2023  |  Voz de América
Authorities and activists in Tijuana express concerns over immigration policy changes announced by President Joe Biden, anticipating the end of Title 42. They describe the modifications as belated and inefficient.

Multiple homicide linked to organized crime

23 Dec 2022  |  tijuanapress.com
The Baja California Prosecutor's Office has identified four of the six individuals found dead in an abandoned van at Plaza Conquistador. Among the victims are Rodolfo Agustín Alvarado Román, José Luis Ramos, and Sandra Luz Esteban. The incident may be linked to the arrest of alias Tolín, allegedly connected to a drug cartel. The location of the bodies near Bar Ankara, where other crimes occurred, suggests a possible connection. Organized crime and drug trafficking remain the leading causes of violence in Baja California, with conflicts between the Sinaloa, Jalisco Nueva Generación, and Arellano Félix cartels, as well as internal disputes.

They were going to open Ped West crossing... but not anymore

20 Dec 2022  |  Tijuanapress.com
The El Chaparral border crossing, known as Ped West on the U.S. side, will remain closed despite plans to reopen it on December 21. The San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, represented by Jason Wells, confirmed the closure due to a last-minute change following a judicial decision to suspend the cancellation of Title 42, a measure used to reject asylum seekers. The reopening was initially announced with limited hours and only southbound traffic, but the decision has been reversed, and the crossing will stay closed until further notice.

Tijuana offers itinerant education project for migrant children

12 Dec 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Approximately 6,000 migrants are waiting in Tijuana for an opportunity to seek asylum in the US, with half of them being minors. Local and international groups are visiting shelters to assist the youngest migrants through the Bebé Bus, an itinerant education project.

Migrants and Activists in Mexico Celebrate the End of Title 42

18 Nov 2022  |  vozdeamerica.com
Activists and migrants in Mexico anticipate the repeal of Title 42, a policy that has prevented asylum seekers from receiving refuge in the United States. A federal judge has ordered the Biden Administration to take steps to end this immigration policy by December 21. Title 42 was implemented by the Trump administration during the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. The Alianza Migrante de Tijuana, which is already at capacity, expects more migrants but welcomes the judicial decision that could make it easier to apply for asylum. Local authorities estimate that around 6,000 people in Tijuana shelters are waiting for a chance to seek refuge in the U.S.

Altar for the murdered journalists at CEART

31 Oct 2022  |  tijuanapress.com
An altar has been installed at the State Center for the Arts in Tijuana in memory of the journalists murdered in Mexico during 2022. This initiative, started by Tijuanapress.com in 2016, coincides with the Day of the Dead and the date designated by UNESCO to end impunity for crimes against journalists. The altar features 19 sugar skulls, representing each media worker killed this year, and aims to raise awareness about protecting journalists and seeking justice for these crimes. UNESCO has condemned 74 journalist homicides in 2022, with a recent case in Haiti, and notes that 9 out of 10 crimes against journalists globally remain unpunished. The situation in Mexico has worsened, highlighted by the murders of Lourdes Maldonado and Margarito Martínez. CEART has been thanked for making the altar accessible to the public, and a minute of silence will be observed on November 2nd to honor the fallen journalists and advocate for a free and safe journalistic practice.

Increase in attacks against women journalists in Mexico

28 Oct 2022  |  www.vozdeamerica.com
Organizations defending journalists report an increase in verbal attacks by political leaders against female journalists in Mexico. The article highlights the stories of two journalists who have made significant changes in their city, Tijuana, through their work.

Increase in Attacks Against Female Journalists in Mexico

25 Oct 2022  |  vozdeamerica.com
Journalist advocacy organizations report an increase in verbal attacks by political leaders against female journalists in Mexico. The story includes the experiences of two journalists whose work has led to changes in their city, Tijuana.

Ponds of sewage from Tijuana sit untreated at the Punta Bandera wastewater treatment plant

20 Apr 2021  |  Voice of San Diego
The article discusses the environmental crisis caused by the inoperative Punta Bandera wastewater treatment plant in Tijuana, which is leading to sewage spills into the Pacific Ocean, affecting the San Diego-Tijuana region. The plant, run by Baja California's water department CESPT, has malfunctioning equipment, resulting in untreated sewage flowing into the ocean and reaching Southern California beaches. The EPA is faced with the decision of addressing the problem at its source in Mexico or dealing with the pollution effects on the U.S. coast. There is a $300 million budget allocated by Congress to tackle the issue, but there is a debate over whether to invest in infrastructure on the U.S. side or support Mexico's wastewater management. The article highlights the challenges of cross-border environmental management, including mistrust in the Mexican government's ability to maintain infrastructure and the need for cost-effective solutions.

Migrants from 7 different countries are camping out at the Port Of Entry called PEDWEST. But mexican officials want to relocate them to local shelters. Tensions are running high since many of the asylum seekers dont want to move from the border

Murder count in Tijuana hits 1,700 since beginning of year

18 Nov 2020  |  www.cbs8.com
More than 1,700 people have been murdered in Tijuana this year, with over 80 homicides in November alone. Journalist Vicente Calderon reports a recent spike in violence, including the murder of an American citizen at the San Ysidro border and the discovery of Los Angeles firefighter Francisco Aguilar's remains in Rosarito. Most homicides are linked to drug cartel activities. While tourists are generally not involved, caution is advised when traveling in Tijuana. The murder count is expected to surpass 2,000 by year's end, with last year's total exceeding 2,100. COVID-19 travel restrictions between the U.S. and Mexico are set to continue until at least December 21.

Tijuana: Free Zone for Drug Peddling

13 Feb 2020  |  Tijuanapress.com
Low budgets, police incapacity, deficient investigations, and overburdened courts in Tijuana are failing to combat drug peddling, leading to thousands of accused being returned to the streets. From June 2016 to mid-2019, not a single person was imprisoned for drug trafficking at the retail level, despite over 12,000 arrests. The judicial system is overwhelmed, with judges often declaring detentions illegal and the police focusing on questionable arrests. The city has become the most violent in Mexico, with a majority of homicides related to drug peddling. The new justice system is criticized for being excessively lenient, and the lack of infrastructure and resources hampers effective justice. The recent murder of Federico, a factory worker arrested with drugs, exemplifies the deadly cycle of violence and the swift return of detainees to the streets.

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