Congressional border Democrats still seeking progress on immigration reform said on Monday that time is slipping away and the issue could be on hold until next year or beyond.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.
Texas driver’s license offices are expanding hours of operation, offering voters a weekend chance to apply for free photo ID certificates required if they don't have other acceptable forms of identitification.Full Story
A mistake that left a man unable to re-enter the United States for weeks should serve as a warning for those with a sensitive immigration status, a leading immigration attorney said this week.Full Story
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has been an ardent and highly visible opponent of giving undocumented immigrants a way to become U.S. citizens. He is advocating a middle ground — legalization and more visas without citizenship.Full Story
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Thursday continued his campaign against the White House’s health care plan during a tour of Fort Bliss. While local business leaders agreed with him on federal health reform, they were at odds over immigration.Full Story
The effects of requiring voter ID probably won't be evident until March or later, opponents say. Local elections in Galveston and the Rio Grande Valley might offer clues, but the true test, they say, will be in a major statewide election.Full Story
The Texas Supreme Court could rule this month in a case that that is likely to weigh in on the rights of private-property owners whose lands are traversed by undocumented immigrants.Full Story
At an El Paso town hall organized to gauge public input on Syria, some residents said Tuesday that it was in the United States' interest to act though more information was needed. But most who spoke were opposed to any intervention.Full Story
The first day of early voting this week in an Edinburg City Council election has only yielded about 400 votes but so far, voter ID hasn't appeared to cause any issues.Full Story
A Mexican woman who falsely claimed to be a U.S. citizen nearly a decade ago is barred from ever entering this country, despite her marriage on Tuesday to an American living in El Paso. It's a rule one Texas congressman hopes to change.
The talent behind some of El Paso's slow but promising growth comes from border folks who have returned to bring the city a little of what they left to find in the first place.Full Story
The U.S. Department of Justice will once again seek to stop Texas’ voter ID law, this time in a lawsuit alleging the measure violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act. It will also challenge state redistricting maps.
Lawmakers, who usually get bogged down in controversy over election laws, managed to pass a mail-in ballot measure that aims to crack down on voter fraud. This story is part of our 31 Days, 31 Ways series.Full Story
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Mexican American Legislative Caucus are sparring again over voter ID. This time, it’s Abbott’s turn to accuse the group of trying to suppress the vote.Full Story
Local governments are anticipating a new program aimed at reducing wait times at the nation's ports. Under the plan, local governments will request extra staffing at border crossings and reimburse the federal government for the services.Full Story