Belén Sisa, who previously worked on the Latino outreach side of Sanders’s 2016 campaign, announced her addition to the Vermont senator’s 2020 team in a Facebook post Wednesday.
“This is really emotional for me. I can’t help but think of 18-year-old Belén, who felt hopeless and powerless to the anti-immigrant attacks and policies that were holding her back from her dreams,” she wrote.
“I can’t help but think of the generations of sacrifice my family has had to do for me to get here. Never in our wildest dreams did we think I’d be making moves like these,” Sisa added in her announcement, which is dated Tuesday.
According to the Arizona-based activist, Sisa’s parents brought her illegally to the U.S. from Argentina at six years old and as a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. Her legal protection from deportation will expire next year.
Sisa briefly rose to national prominence in 2017 when a photo of her filing taxes went viral in an attempt to lift pernicious stereotypes among some about illegal immigrants.