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.

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Obama: It's Going to Take More Than One Term

President Barack Obama gestures to the audience at a fundraiser at Austin City Limits Live on May 10, 2011.
President Barack Obama gestures to the audience at a fundraiser at Austin City Limits Live on May 10, 2011.

After an El Paso stop that focused on immigration reform, President Barack Obama used his second stop, in Austin, to talk politics with a sea of fellow Democrats and raise money for his upcoming re-election campaign.

More Debate, Same Result: House Passes Sanctuary Cities

Democractic members huddle in the rear of the Texas House chamber while HB12 immigration bill is being negotiated on May 9, 2011.
Democractic members huddle in the rear of the Texas House chamber while HB12 immigration bill is being negotiated on May 9, 2011.

In a last-ditch effort to tweak one of their most despised bills of the session, House Democrats tried — and failed — to adopt several amendments today to the “sanctuary cities” bill first passed by the House late Monday.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Still Stuck in Texas House

State Rep. Burt Solomons (c), R-Carrollton, listens to a question from Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, during a delay in HB12 the sanctuary cities bill on May 9, 2011.
State Rep. Burt Solomons (c), R-Carrollton, listens to a question from Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, during a delay in HB12 the sanctuary cities bill on May 9, 2011.

What will happen next in the debate over the contentious “sanctuary cities” bill is anyone’s guess. As the afternoon bleeds into night, Democrats in the Texas House are still huddling on the floor to discuss their next move.

HB 12: The Liveblog

Sponsor of HB12 State Rep. Burt Solomons (l), R-Carrollton, and Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, listen to a point of order called May 6, 2011.
Sponsor of HB12 State Rep. Burt Solomons (l), R-Carrollton, and Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, listen to a point of order called May 6, 2011.

Debate is underway on HB 12, the so-called “sanctuary cities” bill, which would prohibit cities, counties and other governmental entities or special districts from adopting a policy that prevents law enforcement from asking persons lawfully detained or arrested if they are in the country legally.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Hits Texas House Friday

Illegal immigrants are brought back into Mexico.
Illegal immigrants are brought back into Mexico.

Is it about security or racial profiling? Will U.S. citizens be targets of harassment? Will it stain Texas with the reputation Arizona thrust upon itself? The Texas House will likely entertain those and other sensitive questions when House Bill 12, commonly referred to as the “sanctuary cities” bill, hits the chamber's floor on Friday.

GOP House Members Join Dems to Applaud Obama

President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.
President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.

For a rare moment, Republicans in the lower chamber set aside their anti-Washington rhetoric and joined their Democratic colleagues to congratulate President Barack Obama for ordering the military action that led to the death of Osama bin Laden.