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Julián Aguilar

Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border for The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Julián Aguilar reports on politics and border affairs from the Texas-Mexico border for The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
Defense

Apprehensions of Undocumented Immigrants on the Southwest Border Continue to Fall

The figure is the lowest since July 2018 and marks the fifth consecutive month that the number has dropped.

Management

Trump's Controversial 'Remain in Mexico' Immigration Policy Expands Along Texas' Southern Border

The Migrant Protection Protocols, a program requiring migrants to wait in Mexico as their asylum requests are pending, is in effect in Eagle Pass, El Paso, Laredo and Brownsville.

Management

West Texas Detention Facility Enacting Water Conservation Measures after Depletion of Local Water Tanks

The Sierra Blanca facility, which houses ICE detainees, shuts down its water supply at 11 p.m. daily to allow its on-site water tanks to replenish overnight.

Management

Border Patrol Apprehensions Dipped Last Month, But 2019 Saw a Dramatic Increase From 2018

Despite the months-long trend downward, the 2019 fiscal year’s total represents nearly a 90 percent increase from 2018.

Management

Hundreds of CBP Officers Returned to Port Duty after Assisting U.S. Border Patrol

In late March, more than 700 officers from ports of entry in El Paso; Laredo; Tucson, Arizona; and San Diego were reassigned amid the growing number of migrants arriving at the country’s southern border.

Management

Federal Officials Credit Trump's Crackdown after Border Apprehensions Dropped in August

The monthly total is the lowest since January — and less than half of this year's peak in May.

Management

During Trump's Visit, El Paso Residents Criticized His Divisiveness — And Lawmakers' Inaction On Gun Laws

Anger and frustration about gun laws — and president's racist language — is becoming more apparent in a city still dealing with grief from what police have said is a racially motivated massacre.

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Mexican Officials Say El Paso Massacre Was Terrorism Aimed At Their Citizens — And Vow To Be Part Of Investigation

The shooting, which killed 22 people, has reignited Mexican officials' criticism of what they consider lax U.S. gun laws.

Management

Border Patrol in El Paso Reopens Checkpoints

Some of the checkpoints were temporarily closed in March after Border Patrol said it needed to pull agents from those posts to help process, detain and care for the surge of undocumented immigrants crossing into the country.

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