As an undocumented immigrant walked across the stage to accept her diploma from the University Of California – San Diego, she proudly unfurled a large green, white and red Mexican flag.
Indira Esparza, 22, came to the United States from Mexico with her parents when she was two, but is still a Mexican citizen, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
During her time at UCSD, Esparza established the Undocumented Student Services Center so that she and other undocumented students could talk about their shared insecurities, arising from family members being deported, financial stress and being judged by fellow students because of their immigration status.
“No matter how hard you work or how qualified you are there are people… (who feel) that we’re taking the place of a student that was born here,” she told the paper.
And she was so insecure about her immigration status that she advertised the fact that she’s undocumented by waving a Mexican flag in everyone’s face?
Readers of the local story were, for the most part, outraged and viewed it as a slap in the face.
Gary Ashman responded:
Undocumented Student Services. How insane is our nation that we provide space for people who proudly declare their illegal residence status so that they can talk about their “struggles” . How can anyone respect the law if it can be so openly and proudly flouted?
Any person who comes to this country rather they have family here who are legal or not It is disrespectful to wave a flag from another country. Please don’t do that, why not wait until later when you celebrate with your family. Im a veteran and this type behavior makes me sick. You know how the american people treasure their flag so why would you do such an ignorant act? Your friends and family will say how sweet and what kind person you are but this was mean rude disrespectful to the men and women who have laid down their lives and made the ultimate sacrifice so that you can get an education then you return the favor by waving the Mexican flag? I despise what you have done and what you represent.
To all the Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters who have lost their loved ones serving our country I want to apologize on her behalf, Im so sorry you have to witness this kind of behavior, please expect my sincere apology on her behalf, may your loved one’s rest in peace, I thank you for their service.
Those on social media were less than thrilled also. Here are a few examples:
— Steven Ackerman (@UnRepConsrvtive) June 19, 2015
@DailyCaller How tolerant.
— Linda Royer (@LindaRoyer1) June 19, 2015
@DailyCaller Why don’t these illegal alien Mexican nationals stay in Mexico if they’re really so proud of that place?
— Patrick (@PatHawk65) June 19, 2015
If it’s the United States that gave her the education she’s so proud of, wouldn’t it be more appropriate to drape herself in the American flag?
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