Rivals in the Democratic primary battle to replace state Rep. Inocente “Chente” Quintanilla, 69, D-Tornillo, have spent much of the campaign debating who is too liberal or conservative for the rural West Texas district.Full Story
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.
UPDATED: Texas' controversial voter ID law will not likely be in place in time for the November elections, a federal district court ruled today, unless the state can meet a tight deadline to turn over documents.Full Story
Calling the "humanitarian crisis" a byproduct of President Obama’s failed effort to secure the border, Gov. Rick Perry has asked the White House to address an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing in to the country.Full Story
In Travis County, which some consider the liberal hub of Texas, a controversial immigration-enforcement program has become the key issue in the Democratic primary race for sheriff.Full Story
An estimated 68,000 of the more than 99,000 guns submitted to U.S. authorities by Mexican law enforcement for tracing had origins here, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Full Story
UPDATED: Early reports suggest that Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of the argument that the state of Arizona should not be allowed to question the immigration status of people detained by law enforcement.Full Story
A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that using the National Guard to help secure the nation’s borders can hinder recruitment efforts and may fuel the perception that the border is militarized.Full Story
UPDATED: On the heels of last week’s announcement that former President Bill Clinton is endorsing U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, Reyes' campaign announced today that President Obama is also lending his support.Full Story
Many Mexicans displaced by the violence in Chihuahua are seeking refuge in El Paso, where through their common tragedies they have come together to form a group to raise awareness about their plight.Full Story
A group of Texas lawmakers is pushing for the inclusion of Mexico in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But some warn that expanding free trade agreements could send much-needed U.S. jobs out of the country.Full Story
The Austin city attorney’s office has joined 40 other local entities in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Arizona's immigration enforcement law.
A national firearms trade group is helping finance a lawsuit, originally filed by a San Antonio-based gun dealer, that challenges a federal reporting requirement for the sale of long rifles.Full Story
The Justice Department wants a court to deny Texas' request to keep certain communications between lawmakers, staff and constituents out of court proceedings on the state's voter ID law.Full Story
Texas’ focus on Washington will shift next month from health care to immigration as the Supreme Court takes up Arizona's case against the federal government over the controversial SB 1070.Full Story