Author Archives: Leonardo Castañeda

Leonardo Castañeda
Leonardo Castañeda is a reporter and economic analyst for inewsource. To contact him with tips, suggestions or corrections, please email leocastaneda [at] inewsource [dot] org.
Breaking down the border wall after John Kelly’s comments

Breaking down the border wall after John Kelly’s comments

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly presented a more moderate vision this week for a U.S.-Mexico border wall than the one President Donald Trump had pledged during his 2016 campaign. On Wednesday, Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that some of Trump’s campaign immigration policies were “uninformed.” The country won’t build a wall along the entire southern ... Read More »

By the numbers: San Diego County’s most diverse neighborhoods

By the numbers: San Diego County’s most diverse neighborhoods

When two residents in the southeastern San Diego neighborhood of Encanto meet, there’s a 71 percent chance they’re of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the coastal community of Cardiff, there’s only a 25 percent chance of that happening. That makes Encanto one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Diego County, and Cardiff one of the least diverse. Those ... Read More »

Budget error means San Ysidro School District owes state $5.1 million

Budget error means San Ysidro School District owes state $5.1 million

The San Ysidro School District for two years overstated student enrollment and now owes the state an estimated $5.1 million. But inewsource has learned the district’s budget problems don’t end there. New administrators hired last month following the resignations of the superintendent and his deputy have also uncovered an estimated $2.1 million in expenses that were never funded in the ... Read More »

Border apprehensions and detentions, explained

Border apprehensions and detentions, explained

Immigration figures released this week show the lowest number of people trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally in decades. Meanwhile, deportations of people living illegally in the United States are up significantly. So are President Donald Trump’s immigration policies working or is there more behind the numbers? Ev Meade, director of the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute, said ... Read More »

America’s Wall: How we crunched the numbers

America’s Wall: How we crunched the numbers

America’s Wall is the culmination of months of reporting and data analysis to better understand the evolution of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and its impact on illegal immigration. KPBS and inewsource were interested in the specific fencing types and locations, so we requested those from Border Patrol and mapped the responsive records. Read More »