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.

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The Freshman 30

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
Texas Weekly

No matter how the elections swing, one thing is certain about the 83rd legislative session: There will be a lot of new faces.

Texas DPS Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.

Plan to Train Mexican Officers is Slow to Start

Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.
Laredo, Texas Octoer 17, 2009: International Bridge No. 1 spans the Rio Grande looking at Nuevo Laredo, Mexico from the banks of a city park in Laredo, TX.

A cross-border training program between Texas peace officers and Mexican police has yet to get off the ground. But U.S. authorities are still intent on helping their southern neighbor.

Texas Border Battle Over Mexican Company's Coal Mine

When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the US Mexico border where it can be sold. Tracks run about a mile from E.K. Taylor's property, Saturday, February 4, 2012.
When digging gets underway, the substandard coal will be carried by train from the site in rural Maverick County through the center of Eagle Pass, Texas, and across the US Mexico border where it can be sold. Tracks run about a mile from E.K. Taylor's property, Saturday, February 4, 2012.

A brawl is brewing in South Texas, but this one has nothing to do with cartels or drug smuggling — it's an environmental battle over a proposed surface-mining site that some Eagle Pass residents worry will ruin their way of life.