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: Trump calls out evil — but was the damage already done?
 Elections have real-life consequences. That is why every four years, we make decisions about who will lead our country by gleaning everything we can from the candidates’ words, their records and policy positions, and yes, sadly, even their tweets. Our votes affect every manner of our lives, our children’s lives and perhaps even...

Posted: 4 days ago

Elections have real-life consequences. That is why every four years, we make decisions about who will lead our country by gleaning everything we can from the candidates’ words, their records and policy positions, and yes, sadly, even their tweets. Our votes affect every manner of our lives, our children’s lives and perhaps even...
Castillo: Cornyn’s border plan less Trumpian, more Texas-friendly
 U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is chipping holes in President Trump’s vision of a massive border wall. A wall spanning the length of the U.S.-Mexico border is a signature piece of Trump’s domestic agenda. It’s of such magnitude to him politically that he fumed with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and pleaded with him...

Posted: 10 days ago

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn is chipping holes in President Trump’s vision of a massive border wall. A wall spanning the length of the U.S.-Mexico border is a signature piece of Trump’s domestic agenda. It’s of such magnitude to him politically that he fumed with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and pleaded with him...
From Cornyn, a border security plan less Trumpian, more Texas-friendly
 Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn points to a poster with an image of barrier on the Texas-Mexico border as he announces his
               border security plan Thursday on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo) For President Trump, a border wall is a signature piece of his domestic agenda, of such magnitude to him politically that
            he fumed...

Posted: 14 days ago

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn points to a poster with an image of barrier on the Texas-Mexico border as he announces his border security plan Thursday on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo) For President Trump, a border wall is a signature piece of his domestic agenda, of such magnitude to him politically that he fumed...
Castillo: U.S. policy stole 8 lives in a truck. Why the dying won’t end
 Jammed into the back of a locked, pitch-black moving furnace without water or food, eight immigrants began a journey to what they thought would be a better life in America. Instead, inside that hellish trap they drew their final breaths. Two more would die in a San Antonio hospital. Dozens more were injured, and the city’s fire chief...

Posted: 22 days ago

Jammed into the back of a locked, pitch-black moving furnace without water or food, eight immigrants began a journey to what they thought would be a better life in America. Instead, inside that hellish trap they drew their final breaths. Two more would die in a San Antonio hospital. Dozens more were injured, and the city’s fire chief...
Castillo: Teachers deserve applause — and a raise plan with real funding
 At a spelling bee at Zavala Elementary School in McAllen long ago, I stood in front of our hushed fifth-grade classroom, all eyes on me. My stomach bounced around in my throat, but I was cocky, too. After all, I consistently scored in the top 1 percent nationally in spelling aptitude tests then. But a spelling bee was new territory for me...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017

At a spelling bee at Zavala Elementary School in McAllen long ago, I stood in front of our hushed fifth-grade classroom, all eyes on me. My stomach bounced around in my throat, but I was cocky, too. After all, I consistently scored in the top 1 percent nationally in spelling aptitude tests then. But a spelling bee was new territory for me...
As Trump pulls back on a border wall, some aren’t pleased
 A boy runs up toward the U.S. border fence from his backyard in San Benito in June. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald
               via AP) Like the twisting Rio Grande, President Trump’s position on a border wall is changing course. The president, who made the promise of a “big, beautiful border wall” one of the cornerstone...

3:57 PM Friday, Jul. 14, 2017

A boy runs up toward the U.S. border fence from his backyard in San Benito in June. (Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald via AP) Like the twisting Rio Grande, President Trump’s position on a border wall is changing course. The president, who made the promise of a “big, beautiful border wall” one of the cornerstone...
Castillo: Why talk of immigration reform also has employers on edge
 Dennis Nixon has a whole lot to say and a lot of people to convince. So, don’t be surprised if you find yourself trying to get in a word edgewise with the Laredo businessman, as I did on a couple of recent occasions. Nixon, you see, is a man on a mission – he’s passionate about immigration reform and he thinks it’s...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 01, 2017

Dennis Nixon has a whole lot to say and a lot of people to convince. So, don’t be surprised if you find yourself trying to get in a word edgewise with the Laredo businessman, as I did on a couple of recent occasions. Nixon, you see, is a man on a mission – he’s passionate about immigration reform and he thinks it’s...
Rainey bar incident reminds us that hate lurks, even in Austin
 Hate has no place in Austin. It has no place anywhere. Yet we know it lurks and it simmers, boiling until it explodes, jolting us out of our comfort zones, letting us know in no
            uncertain terms again that it is there, always there. We were reminded of this again this week when reports surfaced about racially charged and sexist...

8:01 PM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Hate has no place in Austin. It has no place anywhere. Yet we know it lurks and it simmers, boiling until it explodes, jolting us out of our comfort zones, letting us know in no uncertain terms again that it is there, always there. We were reminded of this again this week when reports surfaced about racially charged and sexist...
Rainey bar incident reminds us hate lurks, even in Austin
 Hate has no place in Austin. It has no place anywhere. Yet we know it lurks and it simmers, boiling until it explodes, jolting us out of our comfort zones, letting us know in no
            uncertain terms again that it is there, always there. We were reminded of this again this week when reports surfaced about racially charged and sexist...

7:44 PM Friday, Jun. 30, 2017

Hate has no place in Austin. It has no place anywhere. Yet we know it lurks and it simmers, boiling until it explodes, jolting us out of our comfort zones, letting us know in no uncertain terms again that it is there, always there. We were reminded of this again this week when reports surfaced about racially charged and sexist...
Castillo: Why Trump’s preening creates trouble
 Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father. Sure, he meant well when he told me not to brag; that my deeds and accomplishments would speak for me. But then I got older and I realized much to my surprise and dismay that my peers were strutting around like roosters on steroids. In classrooms, on job applications and resumes, networking...

5:00 AM Saturday, Jun. 17, 2017

Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father. Sure, he meant well when he told me not to brag; that my deeds and accomplishments would speak for me. But then I got older and I realized much to my surprise and dismay that my peers were strutting around like roosters on steroids. In classrooms, on job applications and resumes, networking...
The trouble with Trump’s bragging
President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father.

6:18 PM Friday, Jun. 16, 2017

President Donald Trump attends a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House June 12. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images) Some of the worst advice I ever got came from my father.