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.
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Tuesday introduced a bill that would provide legal status for immigrants brought to the country illegally as minors. She made clear that the proposal does not guarantee citizenship.Full Story
Days before taking office as the next president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto will visit the White House on Tuesday to take part in a discussion likely to focus on trade, the economy and transnational violence.Full Story
Two years ago, Republican legislators pre-filed several immigration-enforcement bills at their earliest opportunity. But weeks after lawmakers were allowed to pre-file bills this year, only a handful have been submitted.Full Story
Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. said Thursday that a new initiative would let certain Mexican cargo trucks bound for America be inspected south of the border and be allowed to circumvent lines at U.S. ports of entry.Full Story
Joe Moody took his seat back from Republican Dee Margo, despite public support for the incumbent by two El Paso Democrats. Will that affect the mood of the group? He says no.Full Story
The director of the American Immigration Council’s Immigration Policy Center on what happens with immigration reform after the election and what the economic gain will be if reform is passed.Full Story
Leaders in the state’s construction industry say changing Texas law to crack down on employers who knowingly misclassify unauthorized workers could spur national immigration reform.Full Story
Gov. Rick Perry reiterated his support for the ban on “sanctuary cities” on Monday, the same day opponents of such measures said that a Supreme Court decision on a controversial Arizona law did not automatically pave the way for Texas to enact its own immigration policies.Full Story
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a legal challenge to Congress' renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and a key provision that determines if Texas can pass laws that affect state and local elections.Full Story
George P. Bush filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission on Wednesday, seemingly in preparation for a run for local or statewide office.Full Story
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said on Thursday that passing comprehensive immigration reform is possible in the next session of Congress, but he said it would be difficult. He also is encouraged by recent developments in Mexico.
The outnumbered Texas House Democrats have plenty of leaders, insists state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, of San Antonio. But that hasn’t stopped the chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus from taking center stage.
House Democrats are asking to convene an emergency hearing on Texas Department of Public Safety policies after the fatal shooting of two Guatemalan nationals last week in La Joya.Full Story
A free trade agreement between the U.S. and Panama takes effect Wednesday, bringing with it the controversy over jobs and taxes that is associated with all tariff-reducing agreements.Full Story