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DACA Student Says She Was Harassed by Classmate Over Immigration Status

Updated (9/13/2017, 4:40 p.m.) with the news that the accused student is no longer enrolled.

A student at Transylvania University, in Kentucky, has accused the university of failing to act after what she alleges was a stream of online harassment brought on by a classmate posting about her immigration status.

In a video on the website of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Paola Garcia says a classmate posted identifying information about her on a “racial hatred page” that said, “Everyone go report this illegal at my school, bragging about breaking the law.

Ms. Garcia is an undocumented immigrant living in the country legally through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, according to the Herald-Leader. She says in the video that she described herself in a social-media profile as “undocumented, unapologetic, and unafraid.” The Trump administration has announced plans to rescind the DACA program, but has given Congress six months to enact legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation.

The student whom Ms. Garcia named as having published her information denied posting on any white-supremacist websites, according to The Liberty Conservative, a right-leaning website.

In the video, Ms. Garcia describes threatening, profane messages that she says were sent to her after her classmate posted on the 10th Crusade Enthusiasts, a site that now appears to be defunct.

Michele Sparks, vice president for marketing and communication at Transylvania, said that the university had met with both students involved in the dispute, but that it would be unable to release many details about the situation due to student-privacy laws.

The Herald-Leader later reported that the student who allegedly targeted Ms. Garcia is no longer enrolled at Transylvania. University officials would not comment on whether the student was expelled or withdrew on his own accord, citing federal privacy laws.

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