A 23-year-old Argentine woman, who is living in the United States under the Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy initiated by Barack Obama, revealed her 1040 tax form on Facebook and explained that she paid $300 in taxes, despite being undocumented. “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,” wrote Belen Sisa.
 
Defying the president, “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 every day,” Sisa added. “How about you show me yours, Donald J. Trump?”
 
Sisa arrived in the U.S. from Argentina when she was six years old. Both of her parents entered the country on tourist visas, which they overstayed. She is now a junior at Arizona State University, where she is an advocate for illegal immigrants like herself. 
 
Even though she is not a citizen and therefore cannot vote, Sisa remains politically active in her host country. In 2015, Sisa registered new voters and also campaigned for socialist Bernie Sanders, serving on his Latino Outreach team. During the 2016 presidential cycle, she attended the 2016 Democratic National Convention as a page. At Arizona State University, she joined other illegal aliens attending the taxpayer-supported institution and formed “Undocumented Students for Education Equity.” According to its Facebook page, the group seeks to bring “affected students, their families and allies together to organize, educate, and resist.” On her Facebook page, Sisa states that she is an organizer for Progressive Democrats of America.
 
There were over 4,000 comments on Sisa’s original posting on Facebook. One commentator wrote,  “Smile princes [sic] you just got the attention you were looking for,” one Facebook user wrote in a private message to Sisa. “You really should have thought twice before you committed an act of war by invasion and thinking you have a right to a voice in my country.”
 
Other Facebook users sent screenshots of a completed Homeland Security Information online tip form, giving the impression that they had informed immigration officials about Sisa. 
 

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