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They aren't about telegrams anymore. They've stopped sending telegrams in order to focus on money transfers, particularly through remittances: the money that U.S. residents send back to their home countries. A large share of remittances are sent by illegal aliens and thus the more illegal immigration (or immigration in general), the more money Western Union makes. Because of that, Western Union strongly supports at least mass immigration if not explicitly supporting illegal immigration.

See 2004's "The Fastest Way To [profit from illegal immigration]" for an introduction, and note that even biased illegal immigration supporters like the Arizona Republic and the New York Times have come close to doing exposes on Western Union's borderline activities.

Western Union was formerly part of the First Data Corporation, but was spun-off into an independent company on October 2, 2006 ( link).

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NYT almost follows the money on Western Union (U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Ken Salazar) - 11/24/07

... Times almost follows the money on Western Union, a company that makes almost a billion dollars per year off legal and illegal immigrants sending money home ("remittances"): link. While it's a much better job than, for instance, Jill Capuzzo of that paper would have done, he doesn't go as far as he could. However, he does uncover some interesting contributions they've made: The company sponsored...

First Data Immigration Reform panel - 10/03/07

... current or former parent company of Western Union - conducted several immigration "reform" panels around the country in 2004. The July 22, 2004 version was held in Denver and is described here. That page describes how a fight broke out, which appears to have been initiated by an illegal immigration supporter. And: In March, 2004, Charles Fote, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer...

Letter: last 100 conservatives who support Senate amnesty bill must band together! - 06/05/07

... also has a link to First Data/Western Union, a company that profits from illegal immigration. James Q. Wilson, professor of public policy, Pepperdine University Bill Paxon, former New York congressman Ken Weinstein, CEO, Hudson Institute Charlie Black, chairman, BKSH & Associates Mike Murphy, Republican strategist Francis Fukuyama, professor of political economy, Paul H. Nitze School of...

ICIRR in suit against Terry Goddard over Western Union wire transfers - 10/19/06

... stop human smuggling by seizing Western Union wire transfers that meet certain criteria. ICIRR is "sponsoring" three nobody plaintiffs - at least one of whom is a legal resident - who had money seized and couldn't get it back because they couldn't prove that the transfers were legitimate. The attorney is Matt Piers; another attorney who may have just filed the papers is Tim Eckstein (azstar). As...

Jill Capuzzo/NYT: corruption, illegal activity are good for Riverside, New Jersey - 07/27/06

... undergoing renovations, and a bustling Western Union office, where many of the immigrants can stay in contact with relatives back home... Of course, many or most of those "immigrants" are actually illegal aliens. And, those at the Western Union office are almost certainly "staying in touch" by sending money home, a multi-billion dollar "industry". In the real world, remittances encourage...

Arizona Republic almost does expose on Western Union - 03/19/06

... They come close to implying that Western Union and their parent company First Data are profiting off illegal immigration, are encouraging illegal immigration, and are corrupting our political system. ...In recent years, Denver-based First Data has openly campaigned for immigration reform, which could legalize millions of undocumented workers, and has created a $10 million "Empowerment Fund" for...

More on Raul Hinojosa of UCLA - 07/15/05

... head-to-head with First Data Corp.'s Western Union Financial Services and other wire transfer services, No Borders plans to open 150 storefronts from Los Angeles to Georgia by September. So, the author of an academic study favoring legalizing illegal aliens is profiting off illegal immigration. That sure gives me a great deal of confidence in his research. But, wait, there's more. Hinojosa...

The Denver Post's sloppy journalism - 07/10/05

... First Data, the parent company of Western Union. WU makes a handsome profit off sending remittances to Mexico. They've also created a $10 million Empowerment Fund to support "Latino" causes. And, they also oppose Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) because of his opposition to illegal immigration. With that out of the way, the Denver Post offers a profile of Molina-Soto entitled "Clash, acquittal stoke...

Tying up the loose ends on Colorado's guide for the illegal alien - 02/09/05

... rights" groups, and First Data/Western Union. Rep. Tom Tancredo complained about the guide and caused it to be removed from Colorado's site. This, of course, caused the other side to fire up their race-baiting and strike back. From a group called ProgressNow (link): Colorado Department of Education Vice-Chairman asks: Does Gov. Owens Support Rep. Tancredo's anti-immigration/anti-Bush policy? The...

"The Fastest Way To [profit from illegal immigration]" - 07/24/04

FirstData is the parent company of Western Union, and they're now a major processor of credit card transactions in addition to their original business of money transfer. As described here, they've also decided to attempt to unseat U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo, who represents the district in Colorado where their headquarters are based. They've been in the news recently because of this article: "...