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

Concerns Raised on Immigration Bill and Asylum Seekers

Christian Chaidez, 30, was granted by an immigration judge a withholding of removal after applying for asylum. Ten of his family members were murdered in Ciudad Juárez for refusing to pay extortion to criminal gangs.
Christian Chaidez, 30, was granted by an immigration judge a withholding of removal after applying for asylum. Ten of his family members were murdered in Ciudad Juárez for refusing to pay extortion to criminal gangs.

As the debate on immigration reform advances, immigration attorneys fear that an emphasis on strict border enforcement will make an already difficult task more strenuous for asylum seekers. 

U.S. Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

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.

The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed its version of the comprehensive immigration reform bill that would pave the way for citizenship for the millions of undocumented immigrants living in the country.

 

Liveblog: Abortion Bill Fails Amid Midnight Chaos After Filibuster

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, debates Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, about halfway through a filibuster of SB 5 on June 25, 2013.

Texas senators are trying to get to the bottom of whether Republicans successfully pushed through a vote on Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion restriction bill, ahead of their midnight deadline.

 

Mexican Bikers Make Trek to Texas

Jorge Rojas Lopez of the Dorados De Villa motorcycle club displays photographs of his fellow riders at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, Texas June 14th, 2013.
Jorge Rojas Lopez of the Dorados De Villa motorcycle club displays photographs of his fellow riders at the Republic of Texas Biker Rally in Austin, Texas June 14th, 2013.

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts from Mexico make the trek to Texas to add their own signature to a truly American experience: the Republic of Texas Biker Rally.  

Gallego Wants Combs to Update Immigrants Study

Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine,  pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012.   gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Longtime State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, pauses before answering a question at a TribLive event with Evan Smith on February 9, 2012. gallego is running against incumbent Quico Canseco for the 23rd District of the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is asking the state comptroller to update a study on the fiscal impact of Texas' population of undocumented immigrants.