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Joseph asks…

Living in Tijuana And Working In San Diego?

I’m looking into living in Tijuana, and working in San diego, I’m a legal US citizen, born and raised actually in Iowa.

Honestly, how dangerous is the place? The rent is quite a bit cheaper and driving to work in San Diego everyday wouldnt be bad.

I would just have to have a decent clean place, and also not worry about getting stabbed when I walk out to my car in the morning.

I’ve just heard so many bad things, but I’m doubting all of them are true. So I’m looking for some honest opinions or if you live in Tijuana and work in San diego that would be even better.

Thanks!

Tijuana answers:

TJ isn’t as dangerous as it is made out to be. Most of the violence involves rival drug cartels and citizens involved in that trade. Occasionally innocent bystanders get caught in the crossfire but it’s really not any worse than the crime in New Orleans or Detroit. Americans are generally safe and bad incidents rarely happen to them. But crazy stories do come out of that place, the movie Traffic is very accurate. If you go to this site you can see the news from what goes on there: http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/tijuana/index.html

I;ve never lived there and only go there every couple of months so I can’t give you the perspective from someone who actually does that. You can try craigslist to find people that live in TJ and work in SD that can share their experiance, not sure how many of those type of people will be on Y! Answers.

Anyways, from what I hear in the news commuting from TJ to SD really sucks. The border crossing is congested so much and wait times to get across in a car can take up to 2-3 hours. Many TJ residents spend up to 4 hours commuting from TJ to SD b/c the border crossing is so small and out of date. It all kind of depends on what time you cross the border too. Even walking across can take up to an hour b/c the line gets so long. Honestly i don’t think it’s something you want to do. If you know spanish and maybe knew people in TJ or at least South County near the border it might be doable, but going on it alone and coming from Iowa might be a bit much.

I’m mexican but don’t know spanish and I wouldn’t feel comfortable living there b/c I can’t really communicate with everyone, many people do know english there but mainly in the tourist sections. The biggest drawback would be the commute though, it will take you at least an hour just to get across during peak times.

You might want to consider communties right along the border on the US side like Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, and Chula Vista b/c it’s pretty much like TJ in terms of the demographics. Imperial Beach is pretty nice, not too expensive, and you can see TJ 2 miles away.

Jenny asks…

Working and living in different countries?

I am thinking about moving to Tijuana, Mexico because rent in San diego is to exspensive but will still work and go to UCSD in San Diego
What problems will or can I run into?
I was also thinking about using my uncles address who also lives in San Diego so I wouldn’t run into problems at UCSD or my work
I also have dual citizenship for Mexico and USA

Tijuana answers:

It is crime

Maria asks…

Is Elvira Arellano — the recently deported Mexican illegal alien — the new Rosa Parks?

Some of her supporters describe her this way. But Arellano’s credentials as a “role model,” to say the least, fall short.

Indeed, even some “immigrant rights activists” find the comparison embarrassing. A check of the Web sites of the National Council of La Raza and the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund finds no statement one way or the other concerning Arellano.

Rosa Parks, a black woman, was born in 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama — that is, Tuskegee, Alabama, United States of America. She thus entered life as an American citizen, but was denied the rights and protections afforded by the U.S. Constitution.

Arellano sneaked into the country, not once but twice, and defied a deportation order by receiving “sanctuary” for over a year in a Chicago church.
Arellano gave birth on American soil to a son, now 8. But she does not speak of his father.

She condemns the U.S. government for “breaking up” her family because Saul (her son) remains in the U.S. while she reportedly lives with friends in Tijuana, Mexico. But Arellano chose to leave Saul behind, claiming that his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder requires better medical care than provided in Mexico.

Arellano’s justification for illegally crossing the border? “I came to the United States to work. I came because of what NAFTA and other U.S. economic policies have done to my country, in which I could no longer find work that paid a living wage.”

After her deportation to Mexico, she said: “The United States is the one who broke the law first. By letting people cross over (the border) without documents. By letting people pay taxes.”

That’s a new one.

As for the assertion that America “broke the law first,” Arellano makes an interesting claim: The failure of America to effectively police its borders constitutes a criminal act that morally and legally justifies illegal entry into America.

Arellano’s insulting demands simply harden hearts. Instead of displaying even a hint of gratitude, she lectures American citizens that her son has the same rights as President Bush. Who said he didn’t?The Mexican Senate greeted Arellano like a conquering hero. It immediately passed a measure demanding that the president of Mexico send a diplomatic note to President Bush protesting the deportation. It also promised to provide a scholarship for Arel-lano’s son. (To be used where?)

Tijuana answers:

With Rosa Parks, you could argue that she was breaking an unjust law.

Arellano is breaking a law she merely dislikes, but which is in good legal standing, and she has put her son out for a target, and has mis-used the Church to help her in her crimes.

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