Transylvania student and DACA recipient targeted by fellow student


Screenshot of Ragg’s Facebook post.

Madison Rexroat

In August, Taylor Ragg posted a screenshot of fellow student Paola Garcia’s Facebook profile with the caption, “Everyone go report this illegal at my school bragging about breaking the law.” Garcia’s Facebook profile showed a picture of her under a cover photo of President Trump with the words “Not My President” covering his face.

As a child, Garcia was brought to the U.S. by her parents and consequently became a DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipient under President Obama, allowing her to stay for school and work. President Trump announced last week that he plans to end DACA in six months.

After Ragg’s post, Garcia said she received several profanity and hate-filled comments from Facebook users, with one showing a video of someone writing in a tip form to immigration authorities.

Garcia said that despite her efforts and the school’s non-discrimination policy, Transylvania officials did not initially punish Ragg, drawing outrage from alumni. However, as of Wednesday, Ragg is no longer enrolled at Transylvania, although the school is not at liberty to say whether his leave was voluntary or the result of expulsion. 

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