Texas Valedictorian Under Fire for Tweeting She's Undocumented

Mayte Lara Ibarra deactivated her Twitter account due to the negative backlash

A high school valedictorian and scholarship recipient from Texas stirred controversy on social media after tweeting about her undocumented status.

Mayte Lara Ibarra, a graduate of Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, tweeted photos of herself after graduation and mentioned her 4.5 GPA, her 13 cords and medals, full scholarship to the University of Texas-Austin and her immigration status.

Texas is one of 17 states that allows undocumented students who graduated from an in-state high school or earned a GED to receive in-state tuition.

UT-Austin offers services to undocumented students through the Longhorn Dreamers Project.

More than 9,400 retweets and almost 20,000 likes later, Ibarra deactivated her Twitter account due to the negative backlash, including threats to have her deported. 

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