On the day Martha Doss became a U.S. citizen in 2017, she couldn’t stop thinking of her mother.
“She wanted to desperately be an American,” she said, remembering the woman who brought her and her twin sister from Mexico to the United States when they were children in the mid-1980s.
Becoming a citizen meant her mother’s dream of a better life for her children had, in some way, been fulfilled.
It also meant that in 2020, Martha could vote in what will likely be one of the most contentious and hard-fought presidential elections.
And on that day in 2017 when Martha pledged to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic,” she knew exactly whom she would vote for: Donald Trump.
While many Latinos across the country abandon the Republican Party, Martha reflects the complexities of the Texas electorate on the eve of the 2020 election. Observers are watching carefully, wondering if this is the time Democrats can win in a state that has been loyal to Republicans for decades.