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Oklahoma is Taxing Remittances, Why has the Trump Administration been Slacking?

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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.

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Bloodthirsty Mexican Cartel Leaves Ominous Message for Border Patrol Agents in Texas

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Border Patrol agents found a message from the Los Zetas Cartel at the end of June.

At the time, the agents were patrolling the area in response “to a large drug load crossing into the U.S.”, according to a report from Breitbart News.

The city in question, Rio Grande City, Texas, is located in Starr County which is on the border with Mexico. Breitbart News noted that this area is “under the control of the Gulf Cartel, due to the small cartel-controlled community of Camargo directly across the Rio Grande.”

Breitbart Texas has covered a turf war going down between Cartel Del Noreste (CDN)/Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel over the last year. On June 9, 2020, a shooting kicked off between the two cartels near Comales, which is south of Rio Grande City and not too far away from it.

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U.S. border agents were put on notice about cartel members attempting to escape into Texas at the time. Border agents discovered armored vehicles that demonstrated clear burn marks, likely the result of the use of explosives against them. Strangely, there were no bodies found near the scene.

The message that Los Zetas left behind on June 26 was intended to put border patrol on notice that this area was their new turf.

Mexico is clearly a failed state, with well-equipped cartels running around and making state security forces look foolish

U.S. needs to put emphasis on border security and restricting immigration if it wants to get a handle of this situation.

Too bad it’s focusing all of its time defending other countries’ borders.

 

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