During a recent five-year period, three times more meth was seized at San Diego ports of entry than all other US-Mexico border crossings combined. And meth seizures this year are on track to far surpass 2012.
Some 11 million people have come to the United States, or stayed here, illegally, according to researchers, the number may actually under-represent the number of people who are affected. In many cases, U.S. citizen children are also disadvantaged by their undocumented parents.
When Ecuador-born Gaby Pacheco was in 8th grade in Miami, she realized she and her sisters weren't US citizens. But instead of hiding, Pacheco became an activist and at 28, she's still fighting to get immigration reform through Congress.
For families separated between Mexico and the United States, the border fence can seem insurmountable. And it often is. But in a park near San Diego, the fence has become a place where those divided families meet and catch glimpses of one another -- through the fence.
Amir Mohammed Estakhri has spent nearly a dozen year working with the State Department as an Iranian-language translator. But, recently, he's learned his services are no longer needed -- and he thinks it may be because he translated for Iranian officials in the U.S. as well.