I was born in Brownsville, Texas. Growing up in a border town, I was exposed to the struggle of immigrant families – some of my closest friends were immigrants from Mexico, friends who I earnestly wanted to have all the same opportunities as I did in the United States. Since my childhood, then, immigration has been an issue that I was always very sensitive to.
By the time I got to the University of Texas at Austin as an undergraduate in the fall of 2017, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career as a lawyer. I was always motivated by an intrinsic desire to help people, and I knew that a law degree – and the knowledge that comes with a J.D. – is one of the most powerful and effective ways to do so. Ultimately, my motivation to help the immigrant families who I grew up with, combined with my intention to go to law school, led me towards immigration law.