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…
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.
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.
We are a nation of hope, justice, and ideals. I will always stand by a person who represents those.
Belén Sisa does.
— Mike Kelly (@MistahJ1307) March 28, 2017
And because it’s the internet, you know there were also plenty of haters.
— Blockhead (@JoeyBlockhead) March 27, 2017
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.
And Sisa also took the ignorance to church.
Many were quick to point out that her tax returns were blank in the photograph.
Belen Sisa has been reported to ICE…numerous times. Come back legally w/o a blank 1040 form. pic.twitter.com/FOK60RaV6m
— I am Joy (@simkajoy) March 27, 2017
However, one could argue that posting your personal information to Facebook wouldn’t be the brightest idea. Sisa is too smart for that.
This isn’t the first time Belen Sisa has advocated on behalf of DACA and the undocumented.
— Jimmy Arwood (@jimsthebeast) January 10, 2017
And we’re pretty sure this won’t be the last time we hear from Belén Sisa either.
— Diario Popular 📰 (@populardiario) March 13, 2016