Proposed Remittance Tax is Toxic Strategy and Repeat Taxation
The proposed remittance tax is meant to provide additional funding for the United States immigration management efforts, specifically the southern border. We believe this strategy is flawed in the following ways: 1. This is double taxation on citizens. Someone who wants to send hard earned money to family after paying state, federal, local taxes is then taxed again. 2. This tax will be extremely hard to enforce. We will probably incur more cost to enforce than we will make. This tax will be easily avoided. Delivery services will immediately see an increase in cash packages. 3. The World Bank has blasted the idea of these taxes, calling them a "bad idea." The World Bank says they hurt some of the poorest countries on the globe by reducing the inflow of desperately needed cash. In addition a World Bank report on the subject last month says remittance taxes are difficult to administer. 4. This is a direct tax on our most vulnerable citizens, families. Immigrants trying to climb the ladder of success while supporting families abroad. We want to encourage and support these citizens not punish them. We would respectfully ask that you reconsider this legislation.
Tell Congress we will never forget 9/11 first responders and survivors
I went to Ground Zero shortly after the 9/11 attacks because I knew my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor would be of service to my country. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems while their families struggle to put food on the table. Congress now has the choice whether or not to extend the Zadroga Act to permanently cover health expenses of our 9/11 heroes, and I ask you to please sign my petition to gain support for our fellow Americans in their time of need.Tragically, our elected officials have refused to come together to guarantee support for these victims through an extension of the Zadroga Act (named after a police officer who died from illnesses sustained at Ground Zero). I’ve been to 144 funerals since September 11, 2001 including services for many first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero days after the attacks. I know there are thousands of more families out there who continue to face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Americans from every state and nearly every Congressional district were affected on 9/11.We can and must demand better action from Congress on behalf of all Americans. Tell Congress the Zadroga Act needs to be permanently extended because 9/11 survivors’ illnesses do not simply get cured if funding gets cut -- our American heroes will die without our support.Along with Jon Stewart and other advocates for this cause, I’ll be in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress. I want to gain as many signatures as possible to show the outpouring of love and support from all Americans who believe now is the time for solutions and problem solving. Two key programs in the Zadroga Act are set to expire soon (the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program in September 2015 and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in October 2016). But we know extending these programs will help ease pain and suffering for thousands of victims and their families.We once were able to get support for these 9/11 first responders and survivors, but it was not a permanent solution. I have since met people from across the nation who believe America’s elected officials have the moral responsibility to serve and protect their constituents with a permanent extension of this Act. It’s up to us to ensure the 9/11 responders and victims are supported after they sacrificed everything.When it comes to this issue, we can all agree there are no Republicans or Democrats -- only Americans. Please encourage your member of Congress to vote for American heroes who have been suffering since 9/11. Please tell Congress to extend the Zadroga Act.
President Barack Obama: Sharanda Jones does not deserve to die in prison
My name is Clenesha Garland and over 15 years ago, my mother Sharanda Jones began serving a life sentence with no chance of parole as a first-time non-violent offender under crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity laws. I was 8 years old at the time and my world as I knew it was shattered. I am now 23-years old and I fully grasp the fact that my mother is set to die in prison for the first crime she ever committed – a non-violent drug crime. I know that my mother committed a crime and that she has to pay for her actions. However, after over 15 years I feel she has more than paid the price for her crime. She does not deserve to come out of prison in a casket. Life without parole is the second most severe penalty permitted by law in America. Two co-conspirators testified against my mom in exchange for lessor sentences and received 7-8 years. Her supplier, another co-conspirator who also testified against her in exchange for a lessor sentence, received 19 years. All 3 co-conspirators have been released from prison. The United States Sentencing Commission has determined that federal sentencing guidelines under which my mother was sentenced were flawed. This determination is evidenced by two guideline adjustments in less than 5 years in the realm of crack‑cocaine federal sentencing that drastically reduce sentences for these offenses. Being without my mother for over 15 years of my life has been extremely difficult. But the thought that she is set to spend the rest of her life in prison as a first-time non-violent offender is absolutely devastating. Please support my mother's petition for commutation (reduction) of her sentence. All I pray for everyday is the blessing of being able to spend my life with my mother outside of prison walls.