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Anti-Immigrant Trolls Attack 'Dreamer' Student When She Proves She Pays Taxes
1 year ago

One of the biggest arguments people have against illegal immigration into the United States is that immigrants don't pay their taxes and are "feeding off the government teat" so to speak.

Never mind the fact that immigrants do the jobs no one else wants to do in the US, and that they're not eligible for any social services, like welfare or unemployment.

But a huge misconception is that immigrants come to America to "reap the benefits" without giving back. And it's simply not true.

To prove that she pays taxes, Arizona State University junior Belen Sisa made a Facebook post about paying her taxes.

MYTH BUSTER: I, an undocumented immigrant, just filed my taxes and PAID $300 to the state of Arizona. I cannot receive...

Posted by Belén Sisa on Sunday, March 26, 2017

She accompanied the photo proof of her paid taxes along with a message to Donald Trump and those who believe that undocumented citizens don't pay their taxes.

MYTH BUSTER: I, an undocumented immigrant, just filed my taxes and PAID $300 to the state of Arizona. I cannot receive financial aid from the state or federal government for school, I cannot benefit from unemployment, a reduced healthcare plan, or a retirement fund. I think I'm a pretty good citizen. Oh and there are MILLIONS just like me who pay into a system they will never receive anything from. Wanna tell me again how I should be deported, contribute nothing and only leech off this country while the 1% wealthiest people in this country steal from you everyday? How about you show me yours Donald J. Trump? #HereToStay 

Some people applauded her candor and willingness to put herself out there and help bust the myth that undocumented Americans don't contribute to the economy.

Some commenters, however, were a little less kind.

"If you are a foreign invader you will be investigated and picked up I will see to it myself. Who am I you may ask? I’m your biggest nightmare ... I am a governor hopeful and putting your deportation on my resume is going to look great on my accolades." 
"Whose social are you using? Your face/clothes/car seems to be contrary to u needing assistance girl." 
 "You’re disgusting and I hope that you and your family will be sent back to the lesser country that your ancestors built." 

People were threatening to report her, others commented that they wanted her deported.

Sisa, like others her age, are protected under the DACA law.


Posted by Belén Sisa on Monday, December 26, 2016

She came to America with her family from Argentina when she was six years old. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program enacted under Obama's administration, Sisa was able to get a social security number and a driver's license, which allowed her to get a job and go to school without the threat of being deported.

However, social programs like federal student aid, unemployment, retirement funds, and reduced healthcare are out of the question.

Posted by Belén Sisa on Saturday, December 10, 2016

Despite Sisa's clearing up of facts, she received a ton of hate. Ultimately, though, she has no regrets.

"It makes me feel a little sad, to be honest, that for showing and educating and basically doing the right thing, I am being hated on so much. Even when you do the right thing, that’s not good enough. It was trying to bully me into shutting up. That’s what they wanted and I’m not gonna let them do that," Sisa said in an interview with USA Today.