Dulce Guerrero said she and her family do pay taxes. She and her family are undocumented residents currently living in Mableton.
She said her family pays taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and each have Individual Tax Identification Numbers.
She said in a Business Insider article it's "a complete lie" that undocumented residents, or illegal immigrants, do not pay taxes. It's often an argument espoused by those who are opposed to undocumented residents, who are called a drain on taxpayers and the government system because they are supposedly receiving these services for free.
"We have a government issued tax ID number. So the government knows very well who we are. They know very well where we live and they have all of our information. I am sure if they ever wanted to pick us up, since they have our tax ID number, they have our information. We pay taxes just like everyone else," Guerrero told BI.
IRS representative Patricia Kirk told Fox News that the internal revenue code doesn't differentiate between legal and illegal residents.
According to BI, the IRS has issued ITINs to immigrants without Social Security Numbers since 1996 and illegal immigrants have brought in $50 billion in taxes from 1996 to 2003.
The Taxation and Economic Policy calculated that illegal immigrants paid $11.2 billion in taxes in 2010.