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

Union Chief: Send 5,000 More Border Patrol Agents

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at a processing facility in Brownsville on June 18, 2014.

Outgunned and outmanned, the U.S. needs at least 5,000 more agents on the southern border, according to the chief of the Border Patrol union. But civil rights groups fear a hiring surge could lead to less oversight and more abuse by federal agents. 

Plummeting Peso Hurting Border Economy

A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.
A bridge to Mexico that is near the busy downtown Laredo shopping area is shown on Nov. 5, 2011.

The Mexican peso is well below its exchange rate against the dollar compared to a year ago, and store owners on the border are bracing for a prolonged drought of Mexican shoppers. In some cities that could mean a loss of up to 45 percent of business.

Border Shelter for Female Veterans Hits a Roadblock

Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.
Army Retired Lt. COL. Hope Jackson at the H.O.P.E. (Healing, Optimizing, Perfecting, Empowering) Institute shelter for female veterans on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in El Paso.

Retired Lt. Col. Hope Jackson's efforts to open a shelter for homeless female veterans in El Paso hit a snag when she lost out on a contract with the local veterans administration. She argues that's a sign that the unique needs of female veterans are not being met.

County Judge Asks State to Resolve Birth Certificate Issue

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins during "All Transportation is Local," part of The Texas Tribune Transportation Symposium on Oct. 17, 2013.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has asked the Department of State Health Services to resolve a controversial birth certificate policy the Democrat said could adversely affect North Texas students’ ability to enroll in school later this month.