Following the popular ALS ice bucket challenge that took over the Internet last year, a young undocumented student from Arkansas started the #Undocumoney campaign that is now picking up steam in some social media platforms.
Marisol Soto, the young woman behind the thought provoking campaign, was not convinced that her lucid dream will ever become a reality. However, there was only one thing she could do—give it a try.
Marisol decided to launch the campaign with the help of three friends.
“My purpose is to inform people about undocumented immigrants and help get them the right facts,” Soto tells Latino Rebels. “It is to show how much money undocumented immigrants contribute to the economy.”
According to a study cited in a NBC News article about Marisol published today, undocumented immigrants paid nearly $12 billion in state and local taxes in 2012, contributions which would increase by $2.2 billion should Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform.
She says that not everyone knows about the facts surrounding the current immigration debate and she feels the responsibility to speak up and educate those who aren’t acquainted with the monetary contribution by undocumented immigrants to the national economy.
In a video, the members of the campaign share numerous studies and statistics. The video ends with the challenge of encouraging viewers to take a stand on this debate by writing on bills the phrase #Undocumoney and sharing them on social media.
At the time of publishing, the campaign’s YouTube video had more than 2,000 views and their Facebook page had over 1,000 Likes.
In 2011, Soto moved back to Mexico in hopes of continuing her education after realizing that she was undocumented. Due to the constant threats by local cartel members while living in Mexico, Soto decided to join the 2014 Bring Them Home movement that allowed for the reunification of some undocumented students by seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexican border.
Her case is currently awaiting a court date, when a judge will decide her future in this country.
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Not even the uncertainty of her immigration status stops her from organizing and mobilizing her community. She hopes that her efforts of educating society about the true role that undocumented immigrants play in the economy will reach other places around the country.
“I expect for it to reach all 50 states,” said the 21-year-old activist. “I’m an undocumented immigrant that does contribute to the economy.”
Disclosure: Brayan learned that his friend Irvin Camacho was involved in the #Undocumoney campaign during the course of his research for this article.
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