A Trump-Supporting College Student Tried To Get A DACA Recipient Deported. Now He’s No Longer Enrolled At The School
Paola Garcia is a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. She is open about being a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). It’s that openness that made her the target of a classmate.
The classmate, identified as Taylor Ragg, tried to rally supporters to report Garcia to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so she would be deported. Why? Because she had the phrase “Undocumented, Unapologetic, Unafraid” in her Facebook bio. That was all Ragg needed to says she was bragging about breaking the law and needed to be deported. He is no longer enrolled at Transylvania University, leaving the school after the story broke. Garcia spoke with mitú about what it happened.
Taylor Ragg is no longer a student at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. after his attempts to get a classmate deported.
— Jacob Gil (@jacob4kids) September 14, 2017
According to Lexington Herald Leader, Transylvania University spokesperson Michele Sparks could not say whether Ragg left the university on his own accord or was expelled because of federal privacy laws. At first, the university was slow to respond to the threat made by Ragg. Garcia made a video that was posted to YouTube talking about her ordeal and how the university didn’t respond to the situation because “his actions don’t violate the schools non-discrimination policy.”
Here is the screenshot of the social media post that caused the controversy between Ragg, Garcia and Transylvania University.Paola Garcia / Facebook
Ragg took the screenshot of Garcia’s Facebook page and posted it to an alt-right Facebook group called “10th Crusade Enthusiasts,” calling for members to report Garcia to Homeland Security.
The post and lack of urgency from the university prompted Garcia to record a plea for help.
“On Tuesday September 12, I was notified by the administration that ‘new evidence’ had been acquired and we could proceed with a judicial case,” Garcia says. “Taylor had received an email on the morning of September 13 notifying him of the charges against him and the trial hearing date. That afternoon he withdrew from the university on advice from his lawyers.”
Now that Ragg is gone from campus, Garcia says she can relax a little but remains on alert for more of this kind of treatment.Paola Garcia / Facebook
“I’m relieved [he’s gone] to say the least, but I’m also frustrated that he left without facing any consequences,” Garcia says. “I also know that this is far from over. So I’m wary, and still vigilant. But I do not intend to back down from whatever comes my way next.”
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