A woman who reportedly works as a customs officer for the U.S. government is taking heat from the internet because she's a Hispanic female working in immigration enforcement.
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Kiara Cervantes, a young Latina woman claiming to work as a customs officer, is taking fire from the internet after she became known as #ICEBae on Twitter.
Cervantes, who was reportedly one agent proving security for Vice President Mike Pence during a recent U.S. border visit, went viral on the internet after a photo of her standing outside a detainment center hit the internet.
According to Newsweek, which asked which agency she belongs to, "Cervantes said she could not provide any comment until she has spoken with her 'employer.'"
On Monday, she tweeted about the attention — which came in waves. She also shared a photo of herself in her uniform to Twitter, with a waving emoji.
According to the New York Post, Cervantes wrote, "Just woke up … saw that I needed to make a video so y'all could believe that it's me. It's me — I'm a Customs officer based in Texas and yeah, I don't know what else to say."
Later on Monday, she tweeted, "WOW I am in awe. Thank you all for the support! My job is so hectic at this moment but I am grateful. I love protecting my country! ... And I love my supporters!"
Throughout the day, Cervantes responded to the remarks she received about her job on Twitter.
To one person — who called Cervantes "scum" and blasted her for being a Hispanic customs officer — Cervantes said, "I think that's really rude and naive of you to say. You have no idea who my parents are and no idea what goes into my job on a daily basis... Before speaking on something you know nothing about.... DON'T. Regardless I'm blessed and thankful for the career I have."
She also pushed back at claims that the detainment centers at the U.S. border were run like concentration camps.
"I can't agree with concentration camps," she wrote. "But ... this station in particular isn't meant to be a holding facility hence the overpopulation of aliens. We are doing our best but some people won't ever understand."
Despite criticism, Cervantes said that she takes pride in her job as well as who she is.
"Not only because I am Latina, but just in general the mass amount of people crossing ILLEGALLY daily and the processing can take a toll on anyone of any gender and race," she said.
According to Newsweek and Fox News, some of the more cutting remarks against Cervantes follow:
"Felt cute, might destroy the lives of immigrant families later," a social media user quipped, responding to Cervantes' selfie.
"Found a picture of you with your fellow officers!" another commenter replied to the post, sharing a photo appearing to show female guards in Nazi concentration camps.
"Who wore it better?" journalist Kit O'Connell wrote, sharing Cervantes' selfie alongside a similar photo of concentration camp guards.
"You really taking selfies while these people are being held captive? Okay dog," another said.
Another posted a Wikipedia page on "Jewish collaborators with Nazi Germany," appearing to take specific aim at Cervantes being Latina.
"This country is a mess, we are praising and trending #IceBae when she is literally a guard at a CONCENTRATION CAMP, guarding CHILDREN IN CAGES, RIPPING FAMILIES APART AT THE BORDER," seethed one Twitter user. "You're all sick, honestly."
#IceBae is actively aiding in the internment of men, women, and children without trial or even so much as humane living conditions. She, along with every other officer going along with this is a traitor to the very ideas of justice and freedom."