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

Changes to Specialized Visas Could Impact Border Cities

A number of Mexican nationals are in the United States on treaty investor visas, which allow them to operate businesses here. Some are taking issue with recent changes to the requirements on renewing those visas.
A number of Mexican nationals are in the United States on treaty investor visas, which allow them to operate businesses here. Some are taking issue with recent changes to the requirements on renewing those visas.

Treaty investor visas allow foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. if they make substantial investments here. Some visa holders are crying foul over new renewal requirements, and some advocates worry the changes could impact some border cities' economies.

Proposed Border Rail Project Gets Mixed Reviews

Men work on the railroad tracks at the Union Pacific railyard in El Paso on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
Men work on the railroad tracks at the Union Pacific railyard in El Paso on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

As Mexican officials contemplate relocating a major railway that connects the state of Chihuahua to Texas, trade experts in El Paso have mixed views on whether the investment is needed immediately.

Charity Group Backs Private Company in Immigrant Smuggling Case

Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.
Demonstrators march through the streets of downtown Dallas in 2010 to protest the passage of Arizona's controversial new immigration law.

A Catholic philanthropic organization has thrown its support behind a mining company and one of its employees who are being sued after three undocumented immigrants were killed during an incursion onto private property in Brooks County.

U.S. Border Patrol Agents Ramp Up Efforts in Valley

U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.
U.S. Border Patrol agents say that illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region this year.

U.S. Border Patrol agents say the illegal traffic on public and private land in the Rio Grande Valley has triggered the need for additional resources in the region. In response, an influx of agents from California, Arizona and Laredo have arrived in the area.

In El Paso, Van de Putte Calls Out GOP, Patrick

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, addresses a large crowd of abortion rights advocates who gathered Thursday to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, addresses a large crowd of abortion rights advocates who gathered Thursday to protest strict abortion regulations lawmakers that approved in the 2013 special session and the lingering affects of 2011 cuts to family planning services, Feb. 20, 2014.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, brought her multicity bus tour to El Paso on Tuesday, hurling criticism at the state’s Republican leadership for “disrespecting” border communities.

 

Operation Crackdown Hits Laredo

3006 Frost is one of several homes cleared for teardown in the "Operation Crackdown" project in Laredo, TX, March 26, 2014.
3006 Frost is one of several homes cleared for teardown in the "Operation Crackdown" project in Laredo, TX, March 26, 2014.

For the first time on the border, the National Guard is teaming up with the Border Patrol in Laredo to help rid the city of dwellings that were once havens for drugs and smuggling. 

Rolando Pablos: The TT Interview

Rolando Pablos
Rolando Pablos

The CEO of the Borderplex Alliance on what El Paso needs to do to shed its reputation as a hub for low-skilled and low-wage industries, why he thinks the war in Ciudad Juárez is officially over and his thoughts on immigration reform.