Mayte Lara valedictorian undocumented

Undocumented Valedictorian Under Fire

A Texas high school valedictorian has come under fire after she announced she’s “undocumented” while flexing her accomplishments on Twitter.

17-year-old Mayte Lara of Crockett High School in Austin tweeted, “Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented.”

Mayte Lara valedictorian undocumented

Within minutes, Mayte’s tweet went viral and she was getting dragged on Twitter with a barrage of negative comments calling for her to leave the country. Others blasted the University of Texas for giving her a full ride.

Exhibit A:


All of the tweets weren’t negative.

Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro publicly supported Mayte.


Mayte even inspired others to flex their achievements and undocumented status:

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Mayte Lara said her tweet wasn’t intended to mock anyone. She just wanted to show you can succeed in life despite the barriers that are in front of you. Oh, and you can’t forget her nice legs.

The reason I posted that tweet was to show others that you can accomplish anything, regardless of the obstacles you have in front of you. It was a common trend on twitter to highlight your success through a tweet like that, and I saw many other students from across the country doing the same and sharing the things they’d overcome, so I thought I’d share mine.

When the backlash became overwhelming, Mayte deactivated her Twitter page.

After seeing all the harassment going around, I thought it was best to just deactivate my twitter, in attempts to ignore the harmful comments. I don’t know if I’ll ever go back to twitter, I’ve realized that social media is filled with so many mean people, who always have something to say. But I just want everyone to understand that my tweet wasn’t made to mock anyone. I just wanted to show that no matter what barriers you have in front of you, you can still succeed. And I do pay taxes, have a DACA which allows me to work and study here, and I have a social security number.

Here’s what Mayte Lara wants you to know:

Also, a lot of people think that because I used a Mexican flag emoji, I’m not grateful for the opportunities this country has given me. I’m extremely grateful. The only reason I used that emoji was to show that I’m proud of my heritage, and to show that we can do great things. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love this country and the doors it’s opened up for me.

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