The Center for Immigration Studies reported on Oklahoma’s recent efforts to tax remittances.
Oklahoma is the only state in the Union to tax this sizeable outflow of money. Most of this money is produced by working illegal aliens, as well as legal immigrants and some drug dealers.
At the moment, the Sooner state places a fee of 1 percent on all outgoing wire transfers.
The fee acts as a withholding tax against the state income tax. However, for those who remit money and also pay income tax, this fee does not act as a tax. But due to the fact most of the transfers are outside of the state tax system, these fees act as a de facto tax on untaxed income.
It should be noted that there are not as many illegal aliens in Oklahoma compared to other states. CIS points out that if such fees were set nationally, at 2 percent for example, they would bring in more than $3 billion annually to the federal government. According to Pew Research Center estimates, 2017 remittances from America were more than $148 billion.
Sadly, Trump has not made any effort to implement a national remittance policy.
Conservative commentators such as Michelle Malkin lament this.
She tweeted, “Oklahoma continues to do what @realDonaldTrump promised he would do 3 yrs ago: tax remittances. Last year, OK collected $13 million fees on such money transfers. FYI: In 2018, nationwide remittances from illegal & legal alien workers in the US to Mexico totaled $34 billion.”
Oklahoma continues to do what @realDonaldTrump promised he would do 3 yrs ago: tax remittances. Last year, OK collected $13 million fees on such money transfers. FYI: In 2018, nationwide remittances from illegal & legal alien workers in the US to Mexico totaled $34 billion. https://t.co/JFDHaGAj5l
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 6, 2020
The Oklahoma State Tax Commission’s most recent report for the year 2018-2019, reveals wire transfer fee receipts of $13,147,000, which was an increase from the total $12,874,000 collected two years prior.
The only other state in which a similar fee is being considered is Georgia. An activist, D.A. King, is currently championing a remittance measure for is state, arguing that this would be an easier way to collect about $100 million annually without having to raise taxes on tax-paying voters. The Georgia Chamber of Commerce opposes this effort.
For the time being, it looks like states will have to pick up the slack for the federal government’s inaction on remittance policy.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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