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Jasmine Aguilera - Spring 2013

Although I did not always want to be a journalist, I knew I always wanted to learn and explore.

From a young age, I read history books and the National Geographic Magazine. Watching “Primer Impacto” – a Mexican news show – with my grandparents was a daily routine.

My lifelong aspirations changed several times throughout my childhood. At first I wanted to be a documentary filmmaker, and then I thought I wanted to be an anthropologist. For a while, I thought the best career choice for me would be humanitarian aid work in a foreign country, all the while never realizing the perfect career path for me was in journalism.

In high school in El Paso, Texas, I attended a dual credit program called Valle Verde Early College High School that allowed me to attend college courses at El Paso Community College as a high school freshman. One fateful semester, my school counselor placed me in the wrong communication course. I found myself learning the ins and outs of journalism through the community college’s student newspaper, The Tejano Tribune.

I fell in love. About a year later, I found myself promoted to layout editor, and a semester after that, I became the first high-school student editor-in-chief of the college newspaper.

After graduation, I transferred to the University of Texas at El Paso. I am majoring in multimedia journalism, with a minor in anthropology, where my love has only grown.

I started working for The Prospector, UTEP’s student newspaper. A semester later, I became the copy editor and then the editor-in-chief once again. I have also worked for Minero magazine and Borderzine.com, both of which are bilingual publications at UTEP. Now, as a senior, I have been fortunate enough to be able to cover stories about politics, immigration, human trafficking, refugees, anarchy and protest.

Thousands gather on Capitol grounds to rally for immigration reform

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Thousands of people gather Wednesday on the West Lawn of the Capitol in 90 degree heat to rally for immigration reform. Several organizations participated in the rally to push for a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Thousands of people gather Wednesday on the West Lawn of the Capitol in 90 degree heat to rally for immigration reform. Several organizations participated in the rally to push for a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera

WASHINGTON – Rosa Murguia couldn’t help but cry Wednesday as she recounted how she missed her last chance to see her brother alive because she didn’t have the proper documentation to return to the United States if she visited her native Dominican Republic.

Chinese activist urges Kerry action on human rights violations

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Chinese activist Chen Guangchen, center, testifies through is translator, right, at a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday on human rights violations in China. Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of the ChinaAid Association, left, also testified. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Chinese activist Chen Guangchen, center, testifies through is translator, right, at a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday on human rights violations in China. Pastor Bob Fu, founder and president of the ChinaAid Association, left, also testified. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangchen told U.S. House members Tuesday that Secretary of State John Kerry should acknowledge human rights violations when he visits China this weekend.

Citizens recognized for heroic deeds by Medal of Honor recipients

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Marcos Urgate, 15, center, receives the Citizen Service Before Self Honor for climbing into a burning house to rescue a boy trapped inside. He was presented the award by Robert Maxwell, left, Medal of Honor recipient, and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President Thomas Wilkerson. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Marcos Urgate, 15, center, receives the Citizen Service Before Self Honor for climbing into a burning house to rescue a boy trapped inside. He was presented the award by Robert Maxwell, left, Medal of Honor recipient, and Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation President Thomas Wilkerson. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraARLINGTON, Va. – Monsignor Joe Carroll didn’t want to accept any more awards for his work building shelters for homeless people in San Diego until he heard Medal of Honor recipients wanted to present him with one.

El Paso, Texas, judge testifies at border subcommittee hearing

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: El Paso, Texas, County Judge Veronica Escobar, talks to Customs and Border Protection officials Mark Borkowski, left, and Kevin McAleenan, before they testified about border and immigration issues on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: El Paso, Texas, County Judge Veronica Escobar, talks to Customs and Border Protection officials Mark Borkowski, left, and Kevin McAleenan, before they testified about border and immigration issues on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar told a House subcommittee Wednesday that undocumented immigrants should get legal status without so much debate over whether U.S. borders are secure.

El Paso Chamber of Commerce visits D.C., asks for less regulation

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Von Washington, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board member, left, speaks to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, seated, in Cornyn’s office Wednesday. The visit was one of 21meetings the group organized to remind legislators about issues of concern to the business community. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Von Washington, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board member, left, speaks to Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, seated, in Cornyn’s office Wednesday. The visit was one of 21meetings the group organized to remind legislators about issues of concern to the business community. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – Members of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce told members of Congress that regulations meant to protect businesses are becoming barriers as owners try to borrow money to improve their businesses.

Release of undocumented immigrants draws fire from House committee

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Immigration Customs Enforcement Director John Morton takes his seat Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Morton was asked about the 2,228 undocumented immigrants that were released from detention in February. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Immigration Customs Enforcement Director John Morton takes his seat Tuesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Morton was asked about the 2,228 undocumented immigrants that were released from detention in February. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – Immigration Customs Enforcement Director John Morton was under fire at a hearing Tuesday about the February release of 2,228 undocumented immigrants from detention facilities.

Argentinian pope elected, embassy declines comment

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The Argentinian flag waves in front of the embassy as reporters wait for comment about the new pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The embassy said the country’s president would comment. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: The Argentinian flag waves in front of the embassy as reporters wait for comment about the new pope, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio. The embassy said the country’s president would comment. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – Silence came from the Argentinian Embassy on Wednesday after the Vatican announced the name of the first Latin American pope.

UTEP president Natalicio becomes chair of leading education council

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Diana Natalicio, with Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States trade representative, left, and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, assumes the board chairmanship of the American Council on Education Monday in Washington. SJFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Diana Natalicio, with Ambassador Ron Kirk, United States trade representative, left, and Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas, assumes the board chairmanship of the American Council on Education Monday in Washington. SJFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraWASHINGTON – University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio said she will use her new position as chair of the board of directors for the American Council on Education to represent the fastest growing minority in the United States in higher education.

Immigrant rights activists recruit for Capitol Hill rally

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Ricardo Campos, a volunteer at CASA de Maryland, talks to a resident about participating in an immigration reform rally on April 10 at the Capitol. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Ricardo Campos, a volunteer at CASA de Maryland, talks to a resident about participating in an immigration reform rally on April 10 at the Capitol. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraSILVER SPRING, Md. – Ricardo Campos roughs rain, wind and mud to dedicate eight hours a day, six days a week, in his fight for immigration reform, all while being a full-time student.

Texas officials want immigration reform without increases in border security

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, speaks about immigration reform at a press conference held Wednesday in front of Capitol Hill. SHFWire photo by Jasmine AguileraClick on photo to enlarge or download: Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, speaks about immigration reform at a press conference held Wednesday in front of Capitol Hill. SHFWire photo by Jasmine Aguilera

WASHINGTON – Officials from El Paso, Texas lobbied Wednesday with more than 200 other immigrant rights activists for reform that doesn’t place as much emphasis on border security.

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