Mayte Lara hoped that opening up about her status as an undocumented migrant would spark hope and inspiration, but instead it ignited so much hate and abuse on social media that she deleted her Twitter account to escape the negativity.
Online trolls called her a criminal, threatened to have her deported and claimed that she only received a full ride to the University of Texas at Austin because she was a minority.
Many people (okay, mainly just white men) belittled Mayte's accomplishments, essentially saying that she wouldn't have it so easy if she were a white male. Because white male privilege makes life so difficult.
To clear things up for all of the anti-immigrant trolls out there, Mayte is in the U.S. legally. She has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, which allows undocumented migrants who entered the U.S. as children to legally work and study in the country.
For those who still think Mayte is just skating by as an undocumented student in the U.S., take a look at this excerpt from her valedictorian commencement speech: "At the age of 11, I was nothing but the girl with an abusive and alcoholic father. A girl whose only dream was to become an American and who thought moving countries would solve all of the problems in her life."
Mayte definitely didn't expect the backlash she received after posting that tweet. She told the Austin American-Statesman, "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."