The public has lavished attention on a Border Patrol agent pictured during Vice President Mike Pence’s recent visit to a border station, quickly deeming her “Ice Bae” and flooding her social media account with praise.
The New York Post reported this week:
“Holy s–t…I think I’m coming down with a case of undocumentation,” wrote @VibeHi on Twitter, who was one of countless users to share the BPD agent’s photo on Monday, along with a video she posted.
“#IceBae could detain me for however long she wants,” another said.
“Ice Bae” is one Kiara Cervantes of Texas, according to her social media posts, and she is drawing both supporters and detractors after the Pence visit bestowed upon her a degree of social media fame.
“Just woke up … saw that I needed to make a video so y’all could believe that it’s me,” Cervantes said in a post. “It’s me — I’m a Customs officer based in Texas and yeah, I don’t know what else to say.”
Though she focused mainly on her supporters, Cervantes also responded to those offering criticism of the work she is doing for the Trump administration.
“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,” one person tweeted. “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,” wrote another. “She, along with every other officer going along with this is a traitor to the very ideas of justice and freedom.”
Cervantes responded to the newfound attention saying she is thankful: “My job is so hectic at this moment but I am grateful. I love protecting my country! And I love my supporters!”
After former Daily Caller editor and columnist Scott Greer called Cervantes a “Latina concentration camp guard”, the Border Patrol agent replied: “I can’t agree with concentration camps. 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. They don’t know the daily of what my job consists of.”