"How do I do business in Pahrump with an ordinance like this?" said Bill Martin, president of Nevada State Bank, which has two branches in the fast-growing town an hour's drive west of Las Vegas. [...later in the article he says:] "If somebody pays a landscaper with a check, and it's a good check, and the landscaper comes in to cash the check, are we breaking the law if we cash the check? ...If they (customers) look Hispanic, do I ID them? Can I profile? I don't think so... [ordinances like the current one] has been done around the country... They've actually seen businesses pick up and leave. Some of the towns ... have suffered because of these ordinances."And, there's a threat to get banking associations involved:
Kirk V. Clausen, regional president of Wells Fargo Nevada - and whose bank was among the first to accept the consular ID cards to open accounts - said not accepting the cards "would be a huge concern."And, of course, there's the expected bias:
Clausen said he would look to the bankers association for guidance and intends to let the group know that "there's a conflict here, we need to resolve it."
The card, nearly 106,000 of which have been issued by the consulate in the last four-plus years, is not an immigration document and confirms only the identity and current residence of its bearer.First, he doesn't name the "card", but of course he's refering to Matricula Consular cards, often called "IDs for illegals". That old card was revived for use by illegal aliens and if someone has that card it's a very strong indicator that they're an illegal alien because legal immigrants have no use for that card when doing business in the U.S. And, Mexican consuls freely admit that they hand them out to their citizens irrespective of their immigration status. In brief, Timothy Pratt isn't telling the whole truth about the cards.
Thu, 10/12/2006 - 03:19 · Importance: 4