covers demographics, voting rights and politics for The Texas Tribune, with a focus on the state's growing Hispanic population. She previously covered health care for the Tribune, where she started as in intern. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 with a journalism degree.
As confusion swirls about the president's executive order to end family separations, undocumented immigrants with children continue to be apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley. But instead of being detained, some are being released from federal custody with ankle monitors.
The Trump administration says there is still "zero tolerance" for anyone who crosses the border illegally. But the top federal prosecutor in one of Texas' busiest border districts has dropped charges against immigrants who arrived with their families.
Texas' Hispanic population increased from 9.7 million in 2010 to 11.1 million last year, according to new census population estimates. Meanwhile, the state's white population has increased by about 458,000 people.
In the high-profile Senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke, there are numerous ways in which their unique relationships with the Hispanic community have already intersected.
Following a ruling last month that Texas was violating a law designed to ease the voter registration process, a federal judge ordered the state to submit a plan to fix it. Texas' response offered few specifics.