Texas Valedictorian Tweets That She’s Undocumented, Sparking A Backlash In The Process

06.09.16 3 years ago 19 Comments

There’s no way to sugar coat this; right now we are experiencing some rather turbulent times in the western world. Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign has stirred up — on a national level — some of the disdain that only border states in the southern part of the United States have really had to deal with, which is immigration from Mexico. People seem more incensed than ever at the idea of their tax dollars being used to care for and educate people who aren’t full US citizens, under this guise that illegal immigrants — especially those from south of the border — are somehow lazy leeches looking to just drive down property values and relax on our dime.

Reality probably isn’t exactly like that. In fact, a Texas high school student has become the center of a national debate after tweeting about her “undocumented” status. BuzzFeed has the scoop on the tweet and the subsequent backlash that Mayte Lara Ibarra of Austin, Texas has received after sending out a rather controversial tweet on June 3rd. The tweet from a now-deleted account showed Ibarra posing in her cap alongside her family while listing her achievements; “Valedictorian, 4.5 GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented.”

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