One Texas girl is finding that social media is not always your friend and I have to say she is pretty dumb for posting that she is an illegal.
Mayte Lara, from Crockett High School in Austin, Texas, tweeted: ‘Valedictorian, 4.5GPA, full tuition paid for at UT, 13 cords and medals, nice legs, oh and I’m undocumented.’
These four words are what’s getting her in serious trouble, ‘oh and I’m undocumented.’
Lara’s tweet went viral with people getting fired up about an illegal immigrant from Mexico getting a free scholarship to the University of Texas.
Cuervo Jones tweeted: ‘I did it legally, nobody should get a short cut.’
Sean DuVall wrote: ‘Not exactly “living in the shadows” is she? We’re a nation of laws. I abide by them and so should she.’
She realized quickly that she has made a big mistake and tweeted, ‘I want all this attention from strangers to stop already.’
Her Twitter account has since been deleted.
This will most likely affected Lara’s admission to the University of Texas since she has publicly admitted to being undocumented, but not until after one year of full-tuition from UT.
A spokesman for UT said: ‘In accordance with state law, Texas universities – including the University of Texas schools – have for decades granted two-semester tuition waivers to valedictorians of Texas public high schools, without regard to their residency status.
‘State law also does not distinguish between documented and undocumented graduates of Texas high schools in admissions and financial aid decisions. University policies reflect that law’.
There are at least 17 states that have passed legislation allowing undocumented graduates of state high schools to pay in-state tuition for colleges and universities including: Texas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
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