February 29, 2024
The Dulzura Mini Market and put up workplace, which make up the middle of city, are proven on Nov. 13, 2023. (Zoë
Meyers/inewsource)

Grant Spotts’ household got here to Dulzura within the Eighteen Eighties, looking for water and a house within the rural southeast San Diego County neighborhood. 

After almost 150 years, the properly on their property continues to ship. 

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However round them, Dulzura has reworked in different methods, stated Spotts, who owns and operates Dulzura Winery & Vineyard on his household’s land. 

“It was that you just barely noticed a truck,” he stated. “However issues change.” 

As soon as peaceable, starry evening skies have turn out to be much less so. State Route 94, previously a stage coach street connecting San Diego to Arizona, has turn out to be a congested commuter freeway. The bustle and drum of town has slowly crept into Dulzura, whose identify interprets to “sweetness” in Spanish. 

Now, although, one thing is coming that would quicken the tempo of these modifications and threaten the nation city’s idyllic character. 

The U.S. Border Patrol is constructing a brand new station in Dulzura, and it’s bringing with it a big footprint. It can employees as much as 400 workers and home as much as 130 detainees. Options embody a helipad, gasoline island, automobile washing station and canine kennels. And it’ll function the command and management middle for an enormous surveillance community masking San Diego’s border area.

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The location of a brand new Border Patrol facility in Dulzura is proven on Nov. 13, 2023. (Zoë Meyers/inewsource)

The brand new Brown Discipline Station will substitute an getting old station in Otay Mesa and supply “much-needed amenities, applied sciences, and different infrastructure,” a CBP spokesperson stated in an e-mail. 

It’s a trade-off for residents. Although they’ve blended emotions concerning the undertaking and the way it might change their small city’s lifestyle, they need and recognize having Border Patrol locally. 

Solely 10 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border, Dulzura is commonly the primary city migrants encounter in a dayslong journey after crossing into the nation via a big hole within the border wall. Residents see Border Patrol as a vital response to undocumented migration. 

Lots of Border Patrol’s greater than 230,000 encounters within the San Diego Sector in 2023 occurred within the enforcement zone containing Dulzura. 

The station represents an usually neglected consequence of accelerating immigration enforcement: how the growth of that enforcement modifications the feel and appear of communities throughout the U.S. 

“We’re not gonna be Dulzura anymore,” stated Lance Hafen, who owns Valentina Vineyards and Vineyard, and whose grapes develop on a number of acres of land adjoining to the brand new station. 

“We’re gonna be Brown Discipline Border Patrol Station, as a result of it’s gonna change the texture and every little thing locally.” 

The brand new station is ready to be accomplished in June 2024, 4 years not on time. 

“As CBP strikes towards completion of the brand new station, it’s going to proceed to try for a facility that helps efficient border safety whereas balancing the wants of the encircling border neighborhood,” the spokesperson stated. 

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