An illegal alien living in Arizona caused a stir, Thursday, when she jumped to her Facebook page to brag about sending in her tax returns. As Belén Sisa wrote about her filing, she also noted that she is an illegal.
Sisa posted the following to her Facebook account:
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.
Her post quickly went viral getting over 6,500 shares.
Sisa is an Obama “DREAMER” and is still protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by Obama.
The Arizona State student notes that her parents came here from Argentina when she was a six-year-old and then illegally overstayed their visas. She has grown up here and said she wants to stay whether she is illegal or not.
According to her social media accounts she is also a political activist and supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the past election. She was even involved enough to be able to get a photo with the self-avowed socialist from Vermont.
Sisa claims that she was “shocked” when the hate mail and messages began appearing on her social media accounts and later went on CBSN to reply to her detractors saying she wanted to “bust the myth” that illegals contribute nothing to America.
But there are several lies packed into Belén Sisa’s claims that she and those like her “pay taxes.”
If we are to take her Facebook post as proof that she really paid $300 in taxes — and there is no real reason to doubt it — the truth is she has used far, far more in services paid for by our taxes than a mere $300 would cover.
Let’s take her tuition to Arizona State University, for example. It is likely that she is enjoying in-state tuition meaning she is going to college at a cut rate. She is also likely getting a government funded school loan on top of that.
And that is just the problem. There may be a day when she is a productive member of society, but thus far she isn’t there yet and in the mean time she is sucking up government resources that legal citizens could be using.
One of the girl’s contentions is true, at least to a degree. Many illegals pay axes into the system (including withholding from their paychecks) that they ostensibly “won’t get back” because they are illegal. Indeed, last year during the presidential election Sen. Hillary Clinton insisted that millions of illegals pay taxes, so that means, she contended, they can’t be said to be a drag on our system.
But, there is a major problem with this claim. While it is true that many illegals lose some of their income to taxes, the fact is that most who file tax returns actually don’t end up paying any federal tax at all. Worse, they get money back that they didn’t pay in. And the loss to the federal treasury measures in the billions, according to CNSNews.
Additionally, thanks to the reign of Obama, our government began to do all it could to make sure illegals got even more of our money. In 2015, Obama’s amnesty program was set to give up to 4 million illegal aliens brand new Social Security Numbers they were able to use to apply for a tax refunds despite that they haven’t paid a penny in taxes.
Opponents of Obama’s plan said these tax “refunds” would be awarded due to the Earned Income Tax Credit.
The news broke in February of 2015 when IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, testimony that contradicted a statement he’d made the week before, the Washington Times then reported. Koskinen told the Senate that illegals who had previously filed returns using a special taxpayer identification number would be eligible to claim refunds under the Earned Income Tax Credit once they receive a Social Security number. Not only did Obama want to give illegals free healthcare, unearned citizenship, and free work permits, he also planned to give them YOUR tax dollars in unearned tax “refunds.”
This wasn’t the only outrageous thing Koskinen admitted during his testimony. He also admitted that the IRS doesn’t bother to investigate tax refunds to see if they are being filed legally. They simply take them at face value and pay out any refunds that are claimed.mIn April of 2016, Koskinen admitted that they also don’t bother to tell legal American citizens when their information was fraudulently used to file a false tax return. Indeed, Koskinen even claimed it is a good thing, that illegals are engaging in the tax system.
“They are undocumented aliens. … They’re paying taxes. It’s in everybody’s interest to have them pay the taxes they owe,” Koskinen said. He then added that the IRS doesn’t inform Americans when their social security number has been used for a fraudulent tax return.
So, when all is said and done, while Belén Sisa’s claim was a great sound bite for liberals, the facts are that her claims of being a useful member of society because she paid in a whopping $300 in taxes is mostly just spin.
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