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Doug Irving /OCR, United Way help banks profit from illegally-earned money - 02/01/10

At the end of 2008, Arnold Schwarzenegger launched "Bank on California", a California state program that encouraged the "unbanked" to open bank accounts. Since the "unbanked" are largely illegal aliens and since their wages are earned illegally, California's governor is using state resources to help private companies profit from illegal activity.

Now, Doug Irving of the Orange County Register offers "Poorest of poor urged to use banks" (link) about an affiliated local effort called "Bank on Santa Ana" ( In his report, he tells his readers nothing about the immigration aspect and promotes the program rather than taking the banks to task. He mentions that the banks will accept Mexico's Matricula consular card as identification, without noting that that card is a very strong indicator that the bearer is an illegal alien.

As for those involved:

The city [of Santa Ana] and Orange County United Way are running the Bank on Santa Ana project. Eight banks and credit unions have signed up to participate and offer the special checking accounts: Bank of America, Bank of the West, Chase Bank, Citibank, Communidad Latina Federal Credit Union, Pan American Bank, Union Bank and Wells Fargo.

Please contact with your thoughts. Perhaps there's some way that their 501(c)3 status could be challenged due to this program.

"Bank on Los Angeles": city helps corrupt banks profit from illegal activity - 03/25/09

The City of Los Angeles recently announced a new public-private partnership called "Bank on Los Angeles" ( that's designed to help 10,000 low-income residents who don't have bank accounts ("the unbanked") open up accounts. It's also open to illegal aliens [1], and that means that Los Angeles City will be encouraging corruption by helping major banks profit from money that was earned illegally.'s idiotic anti-stimulus video contest ("Bailout Prize Patrol", Snowe, Schumer) - 03/03/09

The website is conducting a video competition seeking the best 30-second humorous video regarding the various bailouts. And, as a promotion for that they made a "humorous" video of their own involving a "Bailout Prize Patrol" (modeled after the Publisher's Clearinghouse campaign) for which they tried to give Citibank et al a check for $30 billion at the same time as giving invoices to regular citizens.

Chase, Citibank, Laredo National Bank get desk inside Mexican consulate in San Antonio - 11/21/07

From this:
The Consulate General of Mexico signed an agreement Monday with three U.S. banks that could make Mexican nationals more comfortable with the banking industry.

Chase, Citibank and Laredo National Bank will take turns each day manning a desk in the Mexican Consulate on Navarro Street [in San Antonio]. They will answer questions for Mexican nationals about financial services and products with the hope of eventually turning them into customers at area branches.

"In other areas of the U.S. — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — we have had a presence in consulates for years," said Inigo Arzac, assistant vice president and relationship manager for Citibank San Antonio...
Not all of those who'll become new customers for those banks are here illegally. However, the dodge the banks will use will be that they can't check someone's immigration status, even while they realize that those who use Matricula Consular cards (available from the friendly consulate) are most likely illegal aliens. Those banks will then donate a portion of their profits to politicians, who will then ensure that the banks continue to profit from indirect illegal activity.

Bank of "America" signs up customers at Dallas Mexican consulate

Citibank "recruiting" illegal aliens for home loans - 02/06/06

Hello, Democrats! You want to talk about corruption? How about talking about a form of corruption that will actually resonate with most Americans?

From "Home-buying program has cash, controversy. Undocumented residents being recruited for loans":
ACORN members, advocates on housing issues for low-and moderate-income people and Citibank have quietly recruited applicants in the county for more than a year...

But the market is vast and the level of interest in the program is high, especially since the loans typically offer below-market interest rates, down-payment assistance and require no mortgage insurance.

...Only two tax-ID mortgages have been processed locally, but about 10 local Citibank loans to undocumented immigrants may soon be finalized with the help of ACORN, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. The nonprofit organization receives much of its funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

...Wells Fargo recently seized on the market, joining Citibank as the only nationwide banks offering tax-ID loans. Wells Fargo started its pilot tax-ID loan program in Los Angeles and Orange counties in December.

Chuck Lemoine, a Wells Fargo senior vice president, said providing tax-ID loans is legal and that reaching out "is not only the right thing to do, it's good business."

...ACORN Housing officials disclosed [the identity of the story's illegal alien victim] to The San Diego Union-Tribune on the condition her full name not be used. Six years ago, Estela asked an American friend to help her buy a home. She paid the costs, his name was on the loan and title. But a tax lien frightened her friend, who transferred the title to Estela. When the mortgage company found out she was an illegal immigrant, it demanded full payment.

Estela thought she would have to sell her three-bedroom home or lose it. That is, until she heard about the tax-ID loan program. In October, Estela signed the final documents for a new mortgage issued by Citibank.

The local tax-ID program has kept a low profile - no Citibank or ACORN-issued news releases - because of the anti-immigrant backlash that the overall program has drawn. Citibank has processed 72 tax-ID loans nationally since October 2004, half in California...

..."We're seriously looking at getting these banks charged with aiding and abetting someone who's a criminal," said William Gheen, president of the national group Americans for Legal Immigration. "Illegal aliens are criminals."
It goes on quite a bit, but here's what you can do about it:
1. If you do business with Citibank, stop. And, make sure and send them a letter telling them exactly why.
2. Contact your representatives and tell them to close the loophole - or intentional feature - that allows illegal aliens to get these loans.
3. At the least, tell your representatives to stop HUD from funding a far-left organization like ACORN.

"Protesters decry Lipinski's vote on immigration bill" - 12/30/05

From this:
Hispanic community activists gathered Wednesday in front of the office of U.S. Rep.

Home loans for illegal aliens: Fresno TV station tries real reporting - 11/20/05

KFSN ABC-30 out of Fresno tries a little real reporting on the issue of banks giving mortgages to illegal aliens. It's not an in-depth report, but it's more than other sources have done.

They report on the experiences of an illegal alien known only as "David". It includes this:
But getting a loan from the bank almost didn't happen. An employee from the bank called and said it seemed they had a problem.

The problem was David's social security number ...

"Conferring Legitimacy, This Card Draws a Crowd" - 09/27/04

In "Conferring Legitimacy, This Card Draws a Crowd", the L.A. Times discusses a visit of a friendly Mexican consul to south Orange County to pass out ID cards that the FBI considers a security threat.

It has the standard bits, ending with a heartwarming vignette about one of the new ID cards ("Matricula Consular" cards).

It even contains yet one more reason to boycott CitiBank:

...while waiting for their cards, hundreds listened as Citibank employees gave out banking information.