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DREAMer Gets Hate After Telling The Internet ‘Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too’

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For many people, tax season is a miserable time. Despite the misery, many taxpayers are eligible for government benefits – unless they happen to be undocumented. In a recent Facebook post, DREAMer and DACA recipient Belén Sisa talked about the fact that even though she pays taxes, like other undocumented taxpayers, she is ineligible for many of the benefits citizens receive. 

Belén Sisa’s Facebook post caught fire shortly after being shared.

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

Posted by Belén Sisa on Sunday, March 26, 2017

Belén’s message was to the point, reminding people that many undocumented immigrants are not leeching off the country, but making it a better place. She even paid $300 to Arizona, a state that hasn’t been the kindest to its undocumented population. Closing out her post, Sisa gave President Donald Trump the old “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” treatment. I’d say the ball’s in President Trump’s court, but we know where the balls really are in this exchange.

Like many DACA recipients, Belén Sisa came to the U.S. with her parents when she was very young, CNN reports.

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Belén came with her parents from Argentina when she was only six years old. They overstayed their visitor visas and lived undocumented in the U.S. for many years. According to CNN, Sisa became eligible for DACA in 2012.

Plenty of people online are showing support for Sisa.

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And because it’s the internet, you know there were also plenty of haters.

Many of them demonstrated a lack of knowledge about what it means to be a DACA recipient. But other people were quick to point out why Sisa’s status is perfectly legit.

One commenter gave a quick lesson on programs that allow people like Sisa to live and work in the U.S.

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And Sisa also took the ignorance to church.

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Many were quick to point out that her tax returns were blank in the photograph.

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However, one could argue that posting your personal information to Facebook wouldn’t be the brightest idea. Sisa is too smart for that.

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This isn’t the first time Belen Sisa has advocated on behalf of DACA and the undocumented.

And we’re pretty sure this won’t be the last time we hear from Belén Sisa either.

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[H/T:] ‘Undocumented Immigrants Pay Taxes Too,’ DREAMer’s Post Goes Viral

READ: Here’s What ICE Is Saying About The Arrest Of 23-Year-Old Mexican DACA Recipient

One Woman And Three Children Have Been Found Dead In South Texas While Fleeing To The US

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One Woman And Three Children Have Been Found Dead In South Texas While Fleeing To The US

The number of casualties at the border and detention camps continues to mount and each death that is reported hits the immigrant community just as hard. The death count is hard to pinpoint at immigration officials have actively hidden deaths in the past and some deaths occur as migrants attempt to cross the border. The latest casualty is being reported from southern Texas near the Rio Grande and includes children.

The bodies of four undocumented people, one 20-year-old woman, two infants, and a toddler, were found near the Rio Grande.

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Sheriff Eddie Guerra of Hidalgo County tweeted that the FBI would be leading the investigation on the four casualties because the bodies were found on U.S. federal land.

“Deputies are on scene by the river SE of the Anzalduas Park in Las Paloma Wildlife Management Area where Border Patrol agents located 4 deceased bodies,” he tweeted.

Their nationalities are unclear as of now, but the names will not be released until the embassy of their country of origin is informed, followed by the family of the victims.

According to the Associated Press, the woman and children could have been dead for days.

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While the cause of death remains unknown, initial reports suggest they could have died of heat exhaustion which is common when traveling through that rugged terrain, especially in the summer.

Earlier in the day, Sheriff Eddie Guerra tweeted about a heat advisory in the area and warned people not to go outside.

Immigration advocates are outraged over the latest deaths, primarily because U.S. citizens attempting to prevent deaths on the border by volunteering to give migrants food and water are being prosecuted.

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Private citizens and elected officials have tried to help those making the deadly journey to the U.S. While no one is pushing for open, un monitored borders, there are people fighting to make sure that those who will make the journey in desperation do not die.

The latest deaths are calling attention to those working to help migrants risking arrest and imprisonment under the Trump administration.

Scott Warren, a volunteer with No More Deaths, was recently on trial for dropping life-saving supplies along a popular route for those seeking safety in the U.S. The jury in his case could not come to a conclusion about whether or not he broke any laws. In turn, the judge declared a mistrial and the judge said there will be a conference on July 2 to decide how to proceed.

READ: Trial Begins For Scott Warren, The Volunteer Arrested For Giving Undocumented People Water, Saving Lives

After Denying It, HUD Declares Federal Housing Administration Is No Longer Helping DACA Recipients With Housing Loans

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After Denying It, HUD Declares Federal Housing Administration Is No Longer Helping DACA Recipients With Housing Loans

In a blow to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says young undocumented immigrants will be ineligible for federally backed housing loans. The news comes after months of confusion about the policy for immigrants who were brought here as children. Back in April, Secretary of HUD, Ben Carson denied this at a congressional testimony but a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official said last week DACA recipients are indeed not eligible for Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans.

Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans are intended to make homeownership more attainable for those with lower credit scores and incomes.

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“Because DACA does not confer lawful status, DACA recipients remain ineligible for FHA loans,” Len Wolfson, a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official, wrote in a letter to California Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar last Tuesday. “Determination of citizenship and immigration status is not the responsibility of HUD, and the Department relies on other government agencies for this information.”

The latest declaration is a reversal from HUD’s previous statements to questions about whether FHA is backing mortgages for DACA recipients. The Trump administration has been trying to rescind the Obama era policy but has been blocked by a federal judge from doing so.

“I’m sure we have plenty of DACA recipients who have FHA mortgages,” Carson said at a congressional hearing in April. “I would simply say that I have instructed everyone to follow the laws of the United States with regard to DACA, with regard to anyone who is an immigrant or a potential immigrant to this country, and as long as you continue to follow the laws you will have my approval.

In the letter, Wolfson put the blame on the Obama administration for the policy and its regulations. He references former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s letter from 2012 that DACA “confers no substantive right, immigration status or pathway to citizenship” for recipients.

Even after Carson said that “plenty of DACA recipients” were receiving FHA-backed loans, lenders were being told to do the exact opposite.

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According to Buzzfeed News, After Carson denied the notion that DACA recipients weren’t being approved for FHA loans, many reported that they were still being denied help.

“The explanation we received from HUD is inconsistent with the realities on the ground and statements made by Secretary Carson to members of the Appropriations Committee, and it does nothing to clarify the confusion created by the agency’s inconsistent policies,” Aguilar said in a statement to BuzzFeed News last Thursday.

The FHA has never stated that receiving a loan means requiring citizenship or lawful status.

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DACA recipients had previously never faced problems when applying for federally-backed housing assistance. FHA has also never had a clear policy that pertains to DACA recipients. According to the FHA’s single-family housing handbook, a housing guide the agency refers lenders to, notes that an Employment Authorization Document, which DACA recipients possess, is necessary “to substantiate work status” for noncitizens and qualifies them for such loans.

Under the Obama administration, HUD was supporting DACA borrowers under these circumstances. Yet the Trump administration has clearly enforced these guidelines differently.

“We know that DACA recipients have received these loans in the past, and it’s shameful that HUD is allowing the president’s anti-immigrant agenda to dictate housing policy,” Aguilar told Buzzfeed News.

This news comes out as the House Financial Services Committee last Wednesday passed a bill, Homeownership for DREAMers Act, that guarantees DACA recipients have the right to obtain federally backed mortgages.

This means recipients also can not be denied based on their immigration status. The bill is set to go to the House floor for approval, but many believe it’s unlikely the bill will pass the Republican-held Senate or be signed into law by the president.

READ: With Democrats Now In Charge Of The House, What Does That Mean For DACA Moving Forward?

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