#Undocumoney, the campaign that shows the economic contribution of immigrants in the U.S.By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera
Given the negative opinions regarding immigrants in the United States, a group of young activists created a social media campaign with the purpose of changing the mentality of people and promote positive ideas about the undocumented.
21 -year-old Marisol Soto is the founder of this movement and, along with Andrew Johnson, Irvin Camacho and Celso Mireles, gave life to #Undocumoney. This initiative seeks to show in a concrete and visual way the economic contribution of undocumented migrants to the United States economy.
According to the Washington-based non-profit Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), undocumented immigrants paid $11.2 billion in taxes in 2010 and $11.85 billion in 2012. According to the same study, taxes would increase $2.2 billion dollars if Congress passed a reasonable immigration reform bill.
As part of the campaign, she invited people to write #Undocumoney in red ink on a dollar bill and upload the photo to social networks using the hashtag, as a form of support to all those people who have so far been ill-judged.
According to Soto, the purpose of the movement is to show people that American money earned in the United States also comes from undocumented people who pay taxes like everyone else. It is important to mention that anyone is welcome to participate in the campaign by uploading a photo to show support.
For more information about the movement and its members check out their website www.undocumoney.com
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