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

Charlie Minn: The TT Interview

The director of 8 Murders a Day, a documentary about the carnage in Ciudad Juárez, on what prompted him to relocate to the border to work on the project, his thoughts on Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s war against organized crime, and his response to the criticism the project has received.

A Road Trip, Mexican Style, to Watch the Cowboys

Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.
Mexican Dallas Cowboys fan Gustavo Lara Jr. of Monterrey, Mexico cheers at Cowboys Stadium while on a tour bus package from Monterrey, Mexico to see the Cowboys play the New York Giants in Arlington, Texas on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

The Dallas Cowboys have attracted a devoted fan base in Mexico, a country where American football ranks second to Mexican fútbol. Travelers risk overnight bus tours on roads traversed by violent drug cartels for the chance to see a game at Cowboys Stadium. 

Perry Blasts Obama Over Border National Guard Drawdown

A U.S. Army Soldier of the Texas Army National Guard and Senior Patrol Agent Chad Wamsley, U.S. Border Patrol, observe as Ricky I, a Belgian Malinois detection dog, checks a tractor-trailer truck for indications of drugs or concealed people at the U.S. Border Patrol's Interstate 35 checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas, July 14, 2006.
A U.S. Army Soldier of the Texas Army National Guard and Senior Patrol Agent Chad Wamsley, U.S. Border Patrol, observe as Ricky I, a Belgian Malinois detection dog, checks a tractor-trailer truck for indications of drugs or concealed people at the U.S. Border Patrol's Interstate 35 checkpoint north of Laredo, Texas, July 14, 2006.

A decision by the White House to reduce the number of National Guard soldiers on the country’s border with Mexico has provoked a fierce but expected reaction from Gov. Rick Perry, a longtime advocate for more boots on the ground in Texas.