New York, NY—Following the bombshell, but unsurprising, report exposing President Trump’s taxes, an undocumented former employee of the President drew a devastating comparison between the amount of taxes she pays regularly and the $750 Trump paid in 2016. Sandra Diaz, who was undocumented when working for President Trump, also highlighted that many of President Trump’s undocumented workers pay more in taxes than he does.
The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimated in a 2017 report that undocumented immigrants pay $11.7 billion annually in taxes. In New York, undocumented workers contributed more than $1 billion to the state’s unemployment fund despite being disqualified from using the program's benefits.
In response to the revelations about President Trump’s taxes, Murad Awawdeh and Rovika Rajkishun, Interim Co-Executive Directors of the New York Immigration Coalition, issued the following statement.
“The massive contrast between the contributions and sacrifices made by everyday working Americans and Trump has never been more apparent. While the President shamelessly dodges his civic duty to pay taxes, undocumented immigrants in New York and across the country are contributing more in taxes, blood and sweat—toiling on the front lines of a global pandemic as essential workers, even as they and their children are shut out of economic relief, targeted by ICE, and demonized by Trump and his cronies.
What this administration doesn’t want you to know is that immigrants are the backbone of our communities—paying taxes, raising kids, and keeping their neighbors fed, healthy, and safe. In less than 40 days, Americans will have a chance to voice their opinion at the ballot box, and stand up against anti-immigrant extremism and hypocrisy.”