Julián Aguilar Reporter

Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border. His focuses include immigration reform and enforcement, voter ID, international trade, border security, and the drug trade. His political coverage has included local, legislative and congressional races in Texas, as well as local and national elections in Mexico. Before joining the Tribune, he was a freelance writer for the Fort Worth Weekly; a government and crime reporter for the Laredo Morning Times; and a political writer for the Rio Grande Guardian. A native of El Paso, he has a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas and a master's degree in journalism from the Frank W. Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism at the University of North Texas.

Recent Contributions

Border Welcomes First Rail Line in More Than a Century

Construction workers for the Mexican contracting company Coconao work on a segment of the new rail bridge that stands over the Rio Grande.
Construction workers for the Mexican contracting company Coconao work on a segment of the new rail bridge that stands over the Rio Grande.

It has been more than 100 years since Texas and Mexico saw a new railroad line that spans both countries. That streak is set to end this year with the expected completion of the Brownsville West Rail Bypass International Bridge.

Analysts: Little Change Expected with New Mexico Leader

Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto
Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance (left) and President-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto

Worries about the new presidential government in Mexico are overblown, says San Antonio native Nelson Balido, the president of the Border Trade Alliance, who recently met with the president-elect’s transition team in Mexico City.