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She Went Viral For Showing That Undocumented People Pay Taxes, Now She’s On Sanders’ Campaign

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has added a new face to his 2020 campaign team in Belén Sisa. The addition is notable because Sisa made national headlines when she posted a selfie showing the undocumented people pay taxes. Sisa part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Her protected status is reportedly set to expire this year which could create some unwanted attention for her and Sanders.

Sisa has frequently spoken out about DACA and other issues important to the immigrant community which, at times, has gotten her in trouble.

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Sisa wrote about the news on Facebook recognizing the importance of her position and the path it took to get there. For an undocumented person to be working on a political campaign is something that doesn’t happen often.

“This is really emotional for me. I can’t help but think of 18-year-old Belén, who felt hopeless and powerless to the anti-immigrant attacks and policies that were holding her back from her dreams,” Sisa wrote in a now deleted Facebook post.  

Sisa, who is is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and lives in Phoenix, Arizona, is a huge advocate for immigration rights. She graduated from Arizona State University in 2018 where Sisa was vocal about DACA and abolishing ICE. Sisa was even arrested twice for participating in various protests.

Sisa isn’t a stranger to working on Sanders’ campagins.

While the appointment of deputy press secretary is new, Sisa has previously worked for Sanders. In 2016, she worked as a page to the Arizona delegation at the Democratic National Convention and in Latino outreach for Sanders’ 2016 campaign. The appointment is also indicative of Sanders pro-DACA platform that has become one of his notable campaign rallying cries. Sisa

Sisa has been a vocal and visual activist for undocumented and DACA people like herself.

Credit:Belen Sisa/Facebook

The 25-year-old gained national attention in 2017 when a photo of her paying taxes in an effort to counter stereotypes of immigrants went viral. Sisa tried reminding people that many undocumented immigrants are not just taking from the country, but making noticeable contributions.

At the time she wrote on Facebook about her experience and the importance of immigrants in the country.

“So here I go again.. #2017 tax forms in hand: MYTH BUSTER: I, an undocumented immigrant, just filed my federal and state taxes in the state of Arizona. In fact, I pay sales tax and every other kind of tax you can think of. 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 President Donald J. Trump? #HereToStay. #UndocumentedUnafraid.”

It’s unclear what will happen when Sisa’s DACA status expires by the end of this year.

While her current role is clear, it’s important to note that Sisa’s DACA status will be expiring this year. That might cause some unwanted attention for the Sanders campaign and Sisa herself.

But if it’s any indication of Sisa, she has shown she is not afraid to voice her views and stand up for what she believes in. All that matters for her right now is being in a position she and previous generations had to fight for her to be in.

“I can’t help but think of the generations of sacrifice my family has had to do for me to get here,” Sisa said in her announcement post. “Never in our wildest dreams did we think I’d be making moves like these.”

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