A Texas high school valedictorian’s tweet boasting about her impressive academic accomplishments and undocumented status landed her in the middle of an online firestorm over immigration.
Mayte Lara Ibarra shot off the polarizing tweet last Friday after graduating from Crockett High School in Austin.
“Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords and medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented,” she wrote.
The tweet included several graduation pictures and a few emojis: a medal, the Mexican flag, Hook ’em horns for the University of Texas, and a graduation cap. It swiftly went viral, receiving more than 400 retweets and nearly 20,000 likes before her account (@maytelara29) was deactivated.
What was probably intended to be another innocuous graduation post proved deeply controversial — drawing censure and praise.
Conservatives, namely supporters of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, were inflamed that an undocumented immigrant was getting a free ride on the University of Texas, presumably on the taxpayer’s dime. Much of the outrage invoked Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.