A Texas high school grad received a flurry of outrage after a June 3 tweet where she bragged about graduating valedictorian with a 4.5 GPA and a full scholarship to the University of Texas, as well as her status as an undocumented immigrant.
Mayte Lara, who graduated this year from Crockett High School in Austin, tweeted, "Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords and medals, nice legs, oh and I'm undocumented," followed by a handful of emojis including a graduation cap and a Mexican flag.
Lara's tweet gained the ire of social media users who were angered by the thought of an undocumented Mexican immigrant getting free tuition at the University of Texas, reports the Daily Mail.
She received a huge number of critical tweets, with users telling her to go back to Mexico and that her scholarship was based on her race. The Daily Mail also reports that the tweet has put her scholarship to UT in doubt.
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"Not exactly 'living in the shadows' is she? We're a nation of laws. I abide by them and so should she," tweeted one user.
"Put a white male in exact same situation: he has to take out $100k in student loans. It wasn't the GPA, honey," wrote another user. Others simply tweeted offensive images such as a cartoon of Donald Trump throwing a racial stereotype of a Mexican over the border.
"I want all this attention from strangers to stop already," tweeted Lara. She then deleted her Twitter account.
Immigration, especially from Mexico, has become a hotly debated issue this election cycle, with Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump saying that he would build a large border wall between the U.S. and Mexico in order to keep Mexican immigrants from entering the country illegally.
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Trump's plan has been criticized for its predicted cost, as well as concerns that it would not be effective at keeping migrants out. "Any physical barrier can be tunneled under or climbed over or gotten around," Wayne Cornelius, director of the Mexican migration field research program at UC San Diego, told the Washington Post, calling the wall proposal "ludicrous."
"There will always be gaps, and smugglers and migrants will seek out those gaps and go through," said Cornelius.