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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 ups ante on border wall as government shutdown looms
 Embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones insists he means what he says when he’s working. His own attorney, however, says Jones’ bombastic on-air persona is merely performance art – just for show, folks, that’s all. Who and what are we to believe?...

Posted: 5 days ago

Embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom, conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Alex Jones insists he means what he says when he’s working. His own attorney, however, says Jones’ bombastic on-air persona is merely performance art – just for show, folks, that’s all. Who and what are we to believe?...
Trump doubles down on a border wall, and a government shutdown looms
The border fence between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (The New York Times)   What are we to make of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who is embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom?

Posted: 8 days ago

The border fence between El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. (The New York Times)   What are we to make of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist extraordinaire who is embroiled in a child custody battle in a Travis County courtroom?
Trump’s order a case of ‘Do as I say, not as I do’
 Call it a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Harkening back to a cornerstone of his campaign, President Trump this week signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that tightens rules under which visas are awarded to skilled foreign workers. The order also directs the federal government to prioritize buying...

Posted: 9 days ago

Call it a case of “Do as I say, not as I do.” Harkening back to a cornerstone of his campaign, President Trump this week signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order that tightens rules under which visas are awarded to skilled foreign workers. The order also directs the federal government to prioritize buying...
Castillo: ‘Fake news’? Here is the truth and why it matters
 Once I was the butt of a joke in, of all places, the Travis County courthouse. It was the early 1990s and attorneys in an upcoming trial were quizzing the jury panel. Then they came to me. “I see from your form that you’re an editor with the Austin American-Statesman,” the defendant’s attorney said. “Well, from...

Posted: 28 days ago

Once I was the butt of a joke in, of all places, the Travis County courthouse. It was the early 1990s and attorneys in an upcoming trial were quizzing the jury panel. Then they came to me. “I see from your form that you’re an editor with the Austin American-Statesman,” the defendant’s attorney said. “Well, from...
Castillo: Why the border wall fences us in
 From atop a dusty bluff on the U.S. Mexico border in deep South Texas, the mighty Rio Grande commands the panoramic vista below. Its waters a muted hue of green, the river courses wildly in every direction, zig-zagging here, straightening out there for about a mile due south before making an impossible hairpin turn due north, then zig-zagging...

4:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 18, 2017

From atop a dusty bluff on the U.S. Mexico border in deep South Texas, the mighty Rio Grande commands the panoramic vista below. Its waters a muted hue of green, the river courses wildly in every direction, zig-zagging here, straightening out there for about a mile due south before making an impossible hairpin turn due north, then zig-zagging...
Why the border wall fences us in
A section of the border fence with a gate, bounded by smaller chain-link fence in Runn, Texas. The patchwork border fence along the Texas-Mexico border has created a nebulous and bizarre third space between countries.

3:52 PM Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017

A section of the border fence with a gate, bounded by smaller chain-link fence in Runn, Texas. The patchwork border fence along the Texas-Mexico border has created a nebulous and bizarre third space between countries.
Castillo: Instead of see-sawing, Trump should fix immigration system
 When the news broke Tuesday that President Trump is open to an immigration overhaul allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, one news outlet called the president’s abrupt shift on immigration “a curveball.” Curveball? More like whiplash, maybe. What else are we to make of such a sudden...

12:00 AM Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017

When the news broke Tuesday that President Trump is open to an immigration overhaul allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally, one news outlet called the president’s abrupt shift on immigration “a curveball.” Curveball? More like whiplash, maybe. What else are we to make of such a sudden...
A Trump immigration curveball? More like whiplash
In this March 3, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids.

10:42 PM Wednesday, Mar. 01, 2017

In this March 3, 2015 photo, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers escort an arrestee in an apartment building, in the Bronx borough of New York, during a series of early-morning raids.
A black leader questions, ‘Haven’t we talked enough?’
 You’ll excuse Nelson Linder if his heart is heavy and his mind is weary. Consoling the families of African-Americans shot and killed by Austin police exacts a toll like that. He’s been doing it for 17 years as president of the Austin NAACP, and on Thursday, Linder found himself in that wrenching situation yet once more, meeting...

5:00 AM Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

You’ll excuse Nelson Linder if his heart is heavy and his mind is weary. Consoling the families of African-Americans shot and killed by Austin police exacts a toll like that. He’s been doing it for 17 years as president of the Austin NAACP, and on Thursday, Linder found himself in that wrenching situation yet once more, meeting...
Castillo: For immigrants feeling under attack, a day to be heard
 Like many small-business owners, Antonio Acuña has poured love and labor into his restaurant, Fruttilandia, nestled in a busy strip mall off East Riverside Drive. Just thinking about it, he’s like a teenager admiring his first car after its first hand wash and wax. When he opened for business at another East Austin location six...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Like many small-business owners, Antonio Acuña has poured love and labor into his restaurant, Fruttilandia, nestled in a busy strip mall off East Riverside Drive. Just thinking about it, he’s like a teenager admiring his first car after its first hand wash and wax. When he opened for business at another East Austin location six...
As arrests, rhetoric ramp up, fear runs through immigrant communities
 If you took Donald Trump at his word during the campaign – and really, we should have; he wasn’t kidding around — the likelihood of ramped up immigration enforcement was a given were he elected. Trump boasted with full-blown bluster that he would build a “beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. “And...

5:40 PM Monday, Feb. 13, 2017

If you took Donald Trump at his word during the campaign – and really, we should have; he wasn’t kidding around — the likelihood of ramped up immigration enforcement was a given were he elected. Trump boasted with full-blown bluster that he would build a “beautiful wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border. “And...