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— Because he believes the problem is social, Larios believes the solution should be social. "One of the possible options being considered," he says, "is, because the problem is caused by all the migration by people from Sinaloa, Zacatecas, Jalisco, that maybe Baja California could possibly get money from those states to help out and cover the losses. Because these are people that are from those states."

But even in the unlikely event that those states send money along with their migrants, the Federal Commission of Electricity would have trouble spending it on electrifying the outlying neighborhoods; the land they occupy is usually owned by somebody else, and determining just who that somebody is can be a decades-long legal process. "One colonia called Maclovio Rojas," Larios says, "has been established for ten years. But they're still arguing about who owns it. Until an owner is legally established, we can't provide the electrical service. We can't bring power to squatters."

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