covers politics and demographics for The Texas Tribune, where she started as an intern in 2013. She previously covered health care for the Trib. While earning her journalism degree at the University of Texas at Austin, she was a reporter and editor for The Daily Texan. A Laredo native, Alexa is a fluent Spanish-speaker and is constantly seeking genuine Mexican food in Austin.
After a jump in applications in Texas ahead of the 2016 elections, green card holders seeking to become U.S. citizens have been caught in a growing backlog that has escalated under the Trump administration.
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling over the state's political maps, Texas is now trying to eliminate the possibility of a return to federal oversight of its election laws as part of the case against the state's voter ID law.
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.