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.
An estimated 68,000 of the more than 99,000 guns submitted to U.S. authorities by Mexican law enforcement for tracing had origins here, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.Full Story
UPDATED: Early reports suggest that Supreme Court justices appeared skeptical of the argument that the state of Arizona should not be allowed to question the immigration status of people detained by law enforcement.Full Story
A report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office says that using the National Guard to help secure the nation’s borders can hinder recruitment efforts and may fuel the perception that the border is militarized.Full Story
UPDATED: On the heels of last week’s announcement that former President Bill Clinton is endorsing U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, D-El Paso, Reyes' campaign announced today that President Obama is also lending his support.Full Story
Many Mexicans displaced by the violence in Chihuahua are seeking refuge in El Paso, where through their common tragedies they have come together to form a group to raise awareness about their plight.Full Story
A group of Texas lawmakers is pushing for the inclusion of Mexico in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But some warn that expanding free trade agreements could send much-needed U.S. jobs out of the country.Full Story
The Austin city attorney’s office has joined 40 other local entities in an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Arizona's immigration enforcement law.
A national firearms trade group is helping finance a lawsuit, originally filed by a San Antonio-based gun dealer, that challenges a federal reporting requirement for the sale of long rifles.Full Story
The Justice Department wants a court to deny Texas' request to keep certain communications between lawmakers, staff and constituents out of court proceedings on the state's voter ID law.Full Story
Texas’ focus on Washington will shift next month from health care to immigration as the Supreme Court takes up Arizona's case against the federal government over the controversial SB 1070.Full Story
The executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance on how drug policies are making Texas’ criminal justice system “horrific,” and who has the most to gain and lose by amending current drug policies.Full Story
Wednesday’s court ruling that the city of Farmers Branch does not have the authority to enact immigration legislation is being hailed as a victory for immigrants. But it doesn't mean all local ordinances are dead on arrival.Full Story
Opponents of a coal company's plan to mine land in Eagle Pass are also fighting a plan to build a rail line to transport the coal to Mexico.Full Story
The U.S. Justice Department on Monday denied the state’s request for preclearance of its controversial voter ID law. But Attorney General Greg Abbott was standing ready.Full Story