Unauthorized immigrants are citizens too, right? No, they are not. They are citizens of another country and it doesn’t matter if they contribute to the development of America, illegal is illegal.
One Arizona State University junior named Belen Sisa attempted to justify her “undocumented” status by posting a photo of herself holding her tax return to Facebook. In the post she wrote that she paid $300 in state taxes but still isn’t entitled to any benefits like financial aid for education.
Her post went viral and sent a lot of attention her way. Some were positive and some were threatening.
Sisa, even though she is an undocumented immigrant, can still legally get a job in the US and is protected from deportation under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.
She moved from Argentina to the US with her parents when she was only 6-years-old and they remained in the US long after their visas expired. This is illegal and no amount of justification can deny that.
“I decided to post it basically to bust the myth that immigrants don’t contribute and they don’t pay taxes to this country,” Sisa said.
Sisa has gotten a lot of harassing messages because of her post and even screenshot a few. The post has since been removed but the scar still remains. Many people accused her of voting illegally and even threatened to report her to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ger her deported.
Sisa, who once volunteered in Latino outreach for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, isn’t letting the harassment get to her. In another Facebook post she wrote: “They will not tear me down. My heart is too full, my passion to help and fight for others burns too bright. I know who I am, I know what I stand for and the values I hold.”
Should Sisa be deported? Well, that’s up to the Trump administration and whether the people protected by the DACA policy will remain protected. Sisa may be a good person but unless she can legally get US citizenship, deportation seems to be in her future.
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