Last year, Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas tweeted an image of a $48,039.99 check he wrote to the Department of Treasury. The image intended to once again shatter stereotypes that undocumented immigrants don’t pay taxes, but it’s Vargas’ message that still remains poignant today. “Here’s a check for $48k that I paid to the IRS, which is more than happy to collect $ while DHS/ICE wants to deport us,” he wrote. This year, as undocumented immigrants face a heightened threat of deportation under the Trump Administration, this community once again reminds us that despite the complications, they file taxes – at higher rates than the 1 percent – and don’t receive the benefits they deserve.
here’s a check for $48k that I paid to IRS, which is more than happy to collect $ while DHS/ICE wants to deport us. pic.twitter.com/DEUUTIpxiJ
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