"Bank of America does not deliberately market financial products and services to illegal immigrants from any country." he wrote. Instead, the bank chief said that the program was created to help consumers who lack certain financial tools.And, from the blurb:
"We believe we have an obligation to serve all those in our country who are legally eligible to receive services. To do less would be discriminatory and unfair."
..."As with all our products, the program meets the identification requirements of the USA Patriot Act, U.S. Treasury Department regulations and internal fraud prevention procedures," he wrote...
..."We know some will find this unacceptable. Even so, we feel we have a great obligation to live by the laws of the land, to serve our customers, and to do our part to support the security of our nation's financial systems."
First, the program is not about illegal immigrants, and never was. ...Tell me another one. One of the ways that a customer can obtain the credit card or the required checking account is with Mexico's Matricula Consular card, which is almost a guarantee that the bearer is an illegal alien. If it isn't about "illegal immigrants", then surely Lewis should have no problem with stopping to accept that card (which, by the way, the Bush administration fought to allow banks to accept).
Immigration2007a · Thu, 02/22/2007 - 14:00 · Importance: 1