AUSTIN, Texas – A high school valedictorian and scholarship recipient from Austin, Texas, caused a social media uproar after recently tweeting about her undocumented status.
“Valedictorian, 4.5 GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords/medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented,” Mayte Lara Ibarra stated in the tweet.
The tweet posted by Ibarra on June 3 quickly received nearly 20,000 likes and more than 9,000 retweets, Buzzfeed News reported.
However, the tweet sparked a backlash, which included some threatening to have her deported and others calling the recent high school graduate a criminal, according to Buzzfeed.
Ibarra did receive some positive responses, according to Buzzfeed, but the account was deleted not long after she posted the controversial tweet.
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, NBC News reports.
Oklahoma leaves granting of in-state tuition rates to undocumented students up to the Oklahoma Board of Regents. The Board of Regents currently still allows undocumented students, who meet Oklahoma’s original statutory requirements, to receive in-state tuition, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
At her high school graduation ceremony on June 3, Ibarra introduced the Pledge of Allegiance and one for the Texas flag.