Latina border patrol agent dubbed 'ice bae' brushes off social media attacks

The Latina border patrol officer who was thrown into the spotlight after she was pictured with Vice President Mike Pence has been revealed as a registered Democrat from Texas. 

Kiara Cervante was dubbed 'Ice Bae' on social media as photos emerged of the officer, and her new Twitter account set up on Sunday night gained nearly 23,000 followers in around 24 hours. 

Her account has now attracted almost 50,000 follows in three days.

The female officer registered as a Democrat in 2011, although voter records show she did not exercise her right to vote in the 2016 presidential election. She last voted in March 2014.  

The Latina border patrol officer who was thrown into the spotlight after she was pictured with Vice President Mike Pence has been revealed as a registered Democrat from Texas

The Latina border patrol officer who was thrown into the spotlight after she was pictured with Vice President Mike Pence has been revealed as a registered Democrat from Texas

Kiara Cervante, aka #IceBae, created a Twitter account to respond to all the attention. The Latina customs officer posted a photo of herself in uniform

Kiara Cervante, aka #IceBae, created a Twitter account to respond to all the attention. The Latina customs officer posted a photo of herself in uniform

Cervante created a Twitter account with this photo of her in a pink top as her profile picture

Cervante created a Twitter account with this photo of her in a pink top as her profile picture

The US Customs and Border Protection agency confirmed Cervante was free to use social media for her own personal use, as long as she complied with the CBP's code of conduct. 

'CBP does not restrict employees from participating in social media for personal use,' a CBP official told the New York Post in an email. 

'As we have previously said, CBP employees are held to the highest expectation of conduct, both on and off duty and must adhere to CBP's standards of conduct.' 

A selfie posted by Cervante in her CBP uniform was removed from the internet, possibly because it was not in line with the Border Protection standard of conduct. 

However, she has since posted two more videos to her Twitter account, under the username @kiarace24. 

#IceBae: Adoring fans on social media shared the viral photo of the pretty officer at a Texas detention center

#IceBae: Adoring fans on social media shared the viral photo of the pretty officer at a Texas detention center

Admirers on Twitter joked that the female customs officer should arrest them so they could get closer to her

Admirers on Twitter joked that the female customs officer should arrest them so they could get closer to her

Some people sprung to Cervante's defense, calling her a 'Latina hero' and thanking her for her service

Some people sprung to Cervante's defense, calling her a 'Latina hero' and thanking her for her service

She told her 48,000 followers she  wants something positive to come out of her newfound fame, advising young girls to 'work hard and get an education'. 

She implored people to be 'respectful, kind and humble'. 

'I am a very respectful person, a very kind person, I don't let the negativity get to me.'

'Even in this day and age of social media, it's crazy, you have people tagging you from everywhere and somehow still I just don't let it... it doesn't faze me.' 

The officer faced backlash after some deemed her nickname inappropriate for a guard at a detention center and were incensed by her proud response to the overnight fame. 

Images of the 26-year-old went viral after she was pictured outside an overcrowded holding cell while Pence visited the McAllen, Texas detention center last Friday.   

Cervante on Monday posted an 18-second video of herself wearing a low-cut grey T-shirt and a high ponytail on Instagram and Twitter to prove she was real, saying: 'So I literally just woke up, went to get something to eat and saw that I needed to make a video so you 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.'

 Cervante also later posted a message, saying she was 'in awe' of all the

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