On Sunday morning, Arizona State University junior Belen Sisa posted a simple Facebook update that she paid her taxes.
By Sunday night, dozens of strangers were messaging her that she is a criminal and a liar, and that they reported her to be deported, reported The Arizona Republic.
Sisa, 23, is a ‘dreamer’ — her parents visited the US from Argentina when she was 6 and overstayed their visas — but she is shielded from deportation by President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.
DACA allows young undocumented immigrants without serious criminal records who were brought to the US as children to register their personal information with the government, and in exchange receive federal work permits and a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation, which allows them to get a Social Security number and a driver’s license.
“I was hoping to kind of make a statement and educate people. What you’ve known all this time isn’t the truth,” Sisa said Monday morning.
Sisa is an outspoken advocate for dreamers: In 2015 she wrote a popular opinion piece pressing Arizona leaders to grant in-state tuition to dreamers. Last year she served as a page at the Democratic National Convention, even though she can’t vote.
“I decided to post it basically to bust the myth that immigrants don’t contribute and they don’t pay taxes to this country,” she said. She said she filed state and federal taxes and, in the end, paid $300 to the state.
She publicly posted a photo of herself holding a Form 1040 along with this caption: “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”
More than 4,500 people have reacted to the photo and more than 2,600 have shared it in a day. People also took screenshots and posted it on various pages and websites. Sisa is also getting threats from Trump supporters, some of which she shared on her Facebook page.