Two Texas Valedictorians Announced Their Undocumented Status, And Twitter Blew Up. | Gradient

Two Texas valedictorians announced their undocumented status, and Twitter blew up.


Hold onto your butts, people who think undocumented immigrants are ruining this country. It turns out that not only are undocumented immigrants taking your jobs, they’re class valedictorians with bright futures earning full rides to prestigious universities too. Mayte Lara Ibarra announced as much earlier this week in a tweet from her since-deleted account. “Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented,” she proclaimed.

That exact same day just a few hours north, another class valedictorian, Larissa Martinez, declared her undocumented status during her valedictorian speech.

“America can be great again without the construction of a wall built on hatred and prejudice,” she said. Apparently, she’s headed to Yale on a full-ride scholarship to study medicine, and perhaps minor in masterful subtweeting.

No sooner had these two bright, industrious teenagers declared their status than Twitter did what it does worst.

The vitriol spread to Facebook, where a woman named Hillary Shay Davis (who claims her daughter graduated with Ms. Ibarra, wrote  “I have never thought about deporting a child who graduated from a U.S. high school and fought against the odds to be successful. Until this moment. Something else that I have NEVER thought I would support until this moment is Trump and #buildthatwall.”

You get the idea. The harassment got so bad that Ms. Ibarra deleted her Twitter account.

Gary Susswein, a spokesman for the University of Texas, said he could not discuss individual cases like Ms. Ibarra’s, but did release a statement saying that “State law also does not distinguish between documented and undocumented graduates of Texas high schools in admissions and financial aid decisions.”

In other words, Mayte and Larissa are not taking somebody’s place as undocumented immigrants. They earned everything that’s coming their way.

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