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Recent high school graduates have gone viral after announcing that they were undocumented students.

Larissa Martinez told classmates at McKinney Boyd High School in McKinney, Texas that she was one of the 11 million undocumented citizens living in the United States. Martinez also is the recipient of a free ride to Yale. During her valedictorian speech, Martinez spoke about being undocumented.

“Immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are people too. We are here without documentation because the US immigration system is broken and forces many families to live in fear,” Martinez said.

But a lot of people feel that because she’s undocumented, she shouldn’t have received scholarship money.

Another undocumented student also caught a lot of flack after posting her graduation photo and information about her scholarships she’s received to Twitter.



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.’ Ms. Lara’s tweet soon went viral, with more and more people getting more and more angry about an illegal immigrant from Mexico getting a free scholarship to the University of Texas.”

And the responses were interesting:

“I did it legally, nobody should get a short cut.”

“Not exactly “living in the shadows” is she? We’re a nation of laws. I abide by them and so should she.”

“Put a white male in exact same situation: he has to take out $100k in student loans. It wasn’t the GPA, honey.”

Other undocumented students tweeted their support as well.




Clutchettes, do you think undocumented immigrants should receive scholarships?

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