Juan Castillo

Viewpoints editor

Viewpoints Editor Juan Castillo has been writing and editing for Texas newspapers and radio for more than 30 years. He has reported on race, minorities, immigration and border security, the census, religion and other topics. More recently, his writing for the American-Statesman has focused on demographic transformations in Austin and beyond. Previously, Castillo was the Statesman’s nation and world editor. In  2002 and 2003, he was a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University. Earlier this year he was honored for excellence in feature writing by the national Society for Features Journalism.

Latest from Juan Castillo

Castillo: Prayers won’t stop this cycle of madness
 Hunkered down on a classroom floor with his classmates, as a shooter roamed the halls opening fire on teachers and students, a terrified 14-year-old Florida high schooler tweeted these chilling words Wednesday: “I am in a school shooting right now …” Once, these words would have seemed unfathomable, even in the city where...

Posted: 2 days ago

Hunkered down on a classroom floor with his classmates, as a shooter roamed the halls opening fire on teachers and students, a terrified 14-year-old Florida high schooler tweeted these chilling words Wednesday: “I am in a school shooting right now …” Once, these words would have seemed unfathomable, even in the city where...
Juan Castillo: Bloated water bills. Secret hiring. This isn’t ‘fake’ news
 If you’ve ever received a faulty bill that was too high, and tried to rectify it, you know the experience is not for anyone lacking a steel will. Even if you are the unrelenting type who won’t take “no” for an answer, the task can fall somewhere between Sisyphean and Herculean. So, you can imagine how more than 7,000...

Posted: 8 days ago

If you’ve ever received a faulty bill that was too high, and tried to rectify it, you know the experience is not for anyone lacking a steel will. Even if you are the unrelenting type who won’t take “no” for an answer, the task can fall somewhere between Sisyphean and Herculean. So, you can imagine how more than 7,000...
Castillo: Bloated water bills. Secret hiring. This isn’t ‘fake’ news
 If you’ve ever received a faulty bill that was too high, and tried to rectify it, you know the experience is not for anyone lacking a steel will. Even if you are the unrelenting type who won’t take “no” for an answer, the task can fall somewhere between Sisyphean and Herculean. So, you can imagine how more than 7,000...

Posted: 9 days ago

If you’ve ever received a faulty bill that was too high, and tried to rectify it, you know the experience is not for anyone lacking a steel will. Even if you are the unrelenting type who won’t take “no” for an answer, the task can fall somewhere between Sisyphean and Herculean. So, you can imagine how more than 7,000...
Castillo: DACA decision will define the kind of America we want to be
 On immigration policy, President Trump, you can’t have it both ways and all the spaces between. Trump loves to preen that he is the master dealmaker, but one must wonder how deals ever get made when he vacillates so wildly, as he has about the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers. “He talks out of...

Posted: 23 days ago

On immigration policy, President Trump, you can’t have it both ways and all the spaces between. Trump loves to preen that he is the master dealmaker, but one must wonder how deals ever get made when he vacillates so wildly, as he has about the fate of hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as Dreamers. “He talks out of...
Trump: Border wall position unchanged. But can you spare $18 billion?
 Hundreds of people, many of them Haitian, demonstrate against racism in Times Square on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, January
               15, New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) President Trump is learning that the problem with asking U.S. taxpayers to pick up the $18 billion tab for his border wall
            is that...

6:31 PM Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Hundreds of people, many of them Haitian, demonstrate against racism in Times Square on Martin Luther King (MLK) Day, January 15, New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) President Trump is learning that the problem with asking U.S. taxpayers to pick up the $18 billion tab for his border wall is that...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star
 It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we had the rarest of chances to witness President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we had the rarest of chances to witness President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security...
Castillo: A southern border wall remains Trump’s north star
 It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we witnessed President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration...

6:00 AM Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018

It’s not every day we get to watch an American president think through his policy positions in real time on live television, much less on a third-rail subject like immigration. But that’s what happened Tuesday when we witnessed President Trump engage members of Congress in a discussion about border security and the immigration...
Juan Castillo: In Khizr Khan’s story, a mighty river flows
 Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we take for granted. Maybe it takes someone like Khizr Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who chased his American dream and is living it. You remember Khan. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, the Gold Star...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we take for granted. Maybe it takes someone like Khizr Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who chased his American dream and is living it. You remember Khan. At the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in 2016, the Gold Star...
In Khizr Khan’s inspirational story, a mighty river flows
 Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, speaks as his wife Ghazala listens at the Democratic National
               Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of our greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we
 ...

8:44 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Khizr Khan, father of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, speaks as his wife Ghazala listens at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Maybe sometimes it takes a stranger to remind us of our greatness and of the things we hold dear as a nation, but which we ...
Juan Castillo: How common sense can transcend ideology about guns
 It seems outrageous now, but cruising New Mexico streets while tossing back a beer used to be as common as hatch chiles in August. It was the culture, pure and simple, says Doug Fritzsche, who used to live there. Not surprisingly, until the 1990s, New Mexico led the nation in alcohol-related deaths, the New York Times reported back in 2005...

6:00 AM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

It seems outrageous now, but cruising New Mexico streets while tossing back a beer used to be as common as hatch chiles in August. It was the culture, pure and simple, says Doug Fritzsche, who used to live there. Not surprisingly, until the 1990s, New Mexico led the nation in alcohol-related deaths, the New York Times reported back in 2005...
Castillo: We can’t let gun violence remain the new normal
 Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s just fine – a gunman with a military-style rifle methodically opened fire Sunday morning. When he was done, 26 people lay lifeless inside a Baptist church. The dead ranged...

8:25 PM Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017

Texas weeps today. In a small house of worship in a bucolic small town – one of those where everyone knows everyone else’s business, and that’s just fine – a gunman with a military-style rifle methodically opened fire Sunday morning. When he was done, 26 people lay lifeless inside a Baptist church. The dead ranged...