Port Of Entry Podcast: How Apps Like Tinder Are Breaking Down the US-Mexico Border Wall With Love | #tinder | #pof

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Above: Two binational couples who met through smart-phone apps: From left to right – Anabolena Valenquela Garcia and Matthew Ferrell and Daniel Campos, Erandi Bravo and their two kids are pictured in these undated photos.

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Today on “Port of Entry,” we launch a series of cross-border love stories. First up: How smart-phone applications are playing matchmaker for people on opposite sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Aired: January 6, 2021 | Transcript

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Lots of dating apps like Tinder use proximity to match people. Here at the U.S.-Mexico border, that means people sometimes get matched with someone who lives on the other side of the wall.

The dating app has been making cross-border matches between San Diegans and Tijuanenses for years.

In a new episode of KPBS’ border podcast “Port of Entry,” we tell the stories of two binational couples. One San Diego man and Tijuana woman who met through Tinder and are now living together in Mexico where they’re building their new lives together. And another Los Angeles woman and Mexico City man who met through Uber and are still struggling to find their “happily ever after” because of immigration issues.


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Border people often inhabit this in-between place. From KPBS and PRX, “Port of Entry” tells personal stories from this place — stories of love, hope, struggle and survival from border crossers, fronterizxs and other people whose lives are shaped by the wall.

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