I grew up in Phoenix, where my family moved from Mexico in 1989. I started my career at the Santa Fe New Mexican. There, I focused on some criminal justice topics, how the Obama and Trump administrations' policies affected immigrants' daily lives and how immigration influenced Santa Fe's culture.
After four years in Santa Fe, I moved back to Phoenix in 2017 when I began to work for the Arizona Republic. During my nearly four years at the Republic, I created a statewide police shooting database that produced a wealth of stories. I also wrote about the intersection of police and immigration enforcement, focusing on how Phoenix police officers have been implementing SB 1070 and how the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office continued to help deport immigrants post Joe Arpaio.
Now, I'm an immigration reporter for the Texas Tribune.
Photo: Me with my dog, Yolanda, an eight-year-old rescued Pitbull.