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Ms. Tamara Light described the ATF as a regulatory and criminal enforcement agency responsible for collecting excise taxes imposed on tobacco products manufactured or imported into the United States. They are also responsible for monitoring contraband cigarette trafficking. Under the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, ATF is charged with assisting states in their efforts to collect revenues imposed on cigarette products. In her experience, tobacco trafficking occurs when foreign or state governments impose a higher excise tax on tobacco products than those tax rates in surrounding jurisdictions. She said that ...
It is a fundamental right and duty for a nation to protect the integrity of its borders and its laws. This Administration shall stand firm against illegal immigration and the continued abuse of our immigration laws. By closing the back door to illegal immigration, we will continue to open the front door to legal immigrants. My Administration has moved swiftly to reverse the course of a decade of failed immigration policies. Our initiatives have included increasing overall Border personnel by over 50 percent since 1993. We also are strengthening worksite enforcement and work authorization ... Read More
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