Do you support illegal immigration?

You may be supporting illegal immigration every time you use your check card, your credit card, pay your mortgage and everything else you do if you have any of these services with BANK OF AMERICA. Recently reported in the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets, Bank of America has quietly been offering credit cards to illegal immigrants. If you have had an account with Bank of America for at least 3 months and you haven’t had an overdraft you can get a credit card. The thing about this is, and I have no idea how it is legal, the people getting the bank accounts and credit cards don’t have SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS. What is going on?????? My first question is how are undocumented people getting bank accounts? The last time I opened an account I had to provide every piece of evidence I had to prove my identity and people are just being handed bank accounts and credit cards??? How is this happening.


When I heard the news story I was shocked. I thought it must be wrong. But on 2-16-07 I confirmed with the Bank of America Leesburg, VA branch that they are offering credit cards to illegal immigrants. I was relieved I didn’t have any accounts with them until I realized my credit card is carried by Bank of America. I have a Motley Fool Visa card, http://www.fool.com. This is an investment web site that offers a low interest rate and cash back. I have called Motley Fool, Kate Ward, Product Manager, 703-838-3665 to ask their position on this situation and have yet to receive a response. I encourage everyone to give them a call and call/write your local Congressional Leaders. This is an outrage.

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14 thoughts on “Do you support illegal immigration?

  1. I guess the bank sees money. Bank of America, funny name (America, no social security card) for this action, maybe they should find themselves a new name! Wonder how many credit cards they have issued and what happens if they leave the country without paying? Wonder how much money they are making off these cards? Every so often I see groups of immigrants being rounded up and shipped home. Do you think they have bank accounts and credit cards with Bank of America? Maybe we should wonder if all this has anything to do with our elected officials?

    Maybe it’s time to wake-up and be pro-active in America. We have a presidential election coming up and it’s a good time to get out and ask question and let our voices be heard and our knowledge be known. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I will check my own accounts this week.

  2. Thanks, T., for the heads up! I thought I was not involved with it either, until I checked the institutions with whom I have cards and sure enough….Bank of America. Now, I wonder, “who’s minding the store?”

  3. T, I agree with your question ‘how are undocumented people getting bank accounts?’ Thought I would the fine print on a credit card offer I received in the mail to check it out. It was from a from a company other than Bank of America. It says ” We comply with Section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act. This law mandates that we verify certain information about you while processing your account application.” When I looked up info online about this section of the act I found out that ‘on October 1st, 2003, financial institutions must be in compliance with Section 326 of the act. Section 326 establishes minimum procedures for identification verification for all new accounts.” Among the requirements it says all new accounts must include:
    * Tax ID or Social Security Number.

    The IRS website states that though they issue ITIN’s (individual taxpayer identification numbers) it is solely for the purpose of individuals who do not qualify for social security numbers to meet their tax filing responsibilities. IRS says these ITIN’s are not valid for identification outside of the tax system.

    So I ask the question that if the tax ID required by the bank is being used outside of the intention of the law as defined by the IRS than are these financial institutions in compliance with the law of the Patriot Act?
    Difficult to sort it all out. It does appear to be about making money…money off interest on credit cards and money from collecting taxes (if illegals decide to get the ITIN to pay them). And I also wonder how much those of us who have social security numbers will be paying in increased interest rates on these credit cards if the companies can’t collect from illegal immigrants who either return voluntarily or are deported.

  4. MY ANSWER TO THIS MAY NOT BE THE MOST GODLY. HOWEVER I DISAGREE WITH HELPING OF THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT IN ANY FORM. WE HAVE PEOPLE IN OUR OWN COUNTRY WHO NEED OUR HELP. THOSE AMERICANS WHO CANNOT GET ANY TYPE OF HELP AT ALL. I BELIEVE THAT A BANK THAT WOULD GIVE CREDIT TO AN ILLEGAL PERSON IS REALLY LOOKING OUT FOR THEIR OWN FINANCIAL INTEREST. EVERY CREDIT CARD ISSUED BY A BANK IS INSURED FOR THE AMOUNT OF THE CREDIT. AS THESE PEOPLE RUN UP THEIR CARDS AND DON’T PAY THE BANK HAS TO FOLLOW A PROCESS OF TRYING TO COLLECT, AND WHEN THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO, THEY JUST SIMPLY FILE A CLAIM WITH THEIR INSURANCE COMPANY AND GET THE MONEY THAT WAY. ISN’T THAT NICE? MEANWHILE ALL OF US HARD WORKING PEOPLE ARE PAYING EXTRA TAXES, TAKING ACCOUNTS WITH LITTLE OR NO INTEREST EARNED SO THIS MESS CAN CONTINUE. I SAY THEY REALLY HAVE TO DO A REFORM OR THE USA WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A RICH COUNTRY WILL BECOME THE POOREST!!!!!!
    PS
    I AM NOT AGAINST PEOPLE MOVING HERE JUST DO IT THE RIGHT WAY AND THEN YOU MAY ENJOY ALL THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS FOR YOU.

  5. A Big Amen Jersey!

    And, thanks for telling me how the banks get their money back. So bad for the taxpayers.

    Also, what about all this welfare for their hospitalization while most of us have to pay high fees or can’t afford to have any and can’t go to Dr’s or hospitals. Also when the high paying insurance patient goes to the hospital has to compete for a spot in the hospital or Dr’s office by many not paying and not citizens. And, what about our schools that are educating children that are  illegal immigrants? All seems so out of order to me.

  6. SARA,
    THIS IS A VERY SENSITIVE SUBJECT TO ME. MY ONE GRAND MOTHER IS 87 AND STILL WORKING FULL TIME, HER SSI IS NOT ENOUGH TO COVER HER SMALL ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT AND HER MEDICAL INSURENCE. I FIND IT APPALING THAT AN AMERICAN CAN NOT GET FREE HEALTH INSURENCE WHEN ON SSI, BUT WE WILL GIVE IT TO PEOPLE THAT DO NOT EVEN BELONG IN OUR COUNTRY. TRUST ME I AM NOT SAYING THEY DONT NEED HELP, BUT WORK FOR IT NOTHING IS FREE. IMMIGRANTS MAY NOT HAVE IT SO GOOD FROM WHERE THEY WERE, AND YES THEY LOOK AT THE USA AS PAY DIRT. WE WILL HOUSE YOU GIVE YOU MONEY FOR FOOD, PAY YOUR RENT, HELP YOU FIND A JOB AND GIVE YOU FREE MEDICAL INSURENCE. BUT OUR OWN, LIKE MY NANA SUFFER.

  7. Jersey, I find your comment “may not be the most Godly” so very interesting. You may just be the most Godly. God loves order and He set order in the church. We have deacons in the church that was and are set up for just this kind of thing. Knowing how and when to feed the widows, children and the poor. We fail so many times to follow any kind of order in the church or our nation and even our personal lives.

    I believe most of us have great empathy for the poor, the children, the sick, the lame and the blind. Jesus walked about healing many but still knew there had to be order for healing, feeding the hungry and housing the poor.

    I feel we should all be proactive and put a lot of pressure on our elected officials both locally and each chain of office right to the top. We should really pressure them when they are running for office and follow them through as they enjoy the benefits of public office and there are many.

    I understand that there are many and they may be right that our nation would not run if we did not have the illegal immigrants working and doing the jobs that are offered to Americans but they refuse to work as welfare seems to pay nicely for then not to work. And, if not welfare family members like parents, etc. paying so their children do not have to work but have cars, places to live,, food to eat, designer clothes to wear and many places to go. Seemly, they live off government loans and other ‘free’ money handed out to them. Now I am not an expert in this line of communication but I am speaking from what I hear from others. Maybe some of you will know more about it from experience or working in these fields. I do believe with all my heart we need to help the poor be it welfare or church or other means. Just not sure if we are seeing justice for the poor.

  8. Wow! this so interesting…..even before leaving their country all is so well thought out…so planned….pay dirt is right…and if things dont change soon the reason they left their country will be the same thing we all including them will face here…its already begun after reading about your Nana well in her years(amen to God for Her longivity and ability to work) but not to get the help deserved while others who have not even been here to deserve it get it…..its just not right……dj

  9. My son-in-law worked for Bank of America a few years ago, and turned out to be a bad experience. I would not deal in any way with them! In fact, not long ago they called offering all kinds of “perks” for accepting a credit card, mortgage, etc., but in a few words I told them how I felt, therefore, haven’t had any more calls. There has been much in the news recently about this very topic. Also, I have a friend whose daughter is having a time getting some things resolved on her credit card that has developed from the granddaughter in college purchasing on the Internet. She has canceled her card, and guess what – Bank of America is giving the granddaughter a card and she is not employed. I would in no way have any dealings with Bank of America!

  10. Sara, your last comment on this post made me think about what Jesus told the Syro-phoenician woman when she entreated Him to heal her daughter. Jesus said, ” It is not meet to take the children’s bread and cast it to the dogs.” In other words, “Healng is the CHILDRENS’ bread.” (Matt. 15:26). Was Jesus calling this foreigner a “dog”. In my opinion I do not think so but what I think He was saying that what justly belongs to a true member of the “KINGDOM” should not be cast away to aliens and foreigners until, at least, there is a just distribution to the CHILDREN of the KINGDOM. Did Jesus cast her aside? No, because of her faith in Him. But HE did put forth a KINGDOM/NATIONAL principle. That indicates to me, as you have pointed out, that there IS order and priority in the BODY OF CHRIST and YES, also in the MORAL LAW of a nation. It is “immoral” for Jersey’s Nana to struggle as a hard-working, American senior citizen, as she is a CHILD of the system to which she has contriubted all her working life, while “border bullies” illegal aliens, rally forth and do receive the “bread” belonging to and intended for the CHILDREN and thus they must go without.
    Should we neglect, ignore the poor? Of course not! Jesus told us to consider the poor and the huddled masses of tyranny. But there is a law and a system and an order, as Sara and Jersey pointed out. Those who do not follow that system of laws, are LAW BREAKERS!

  11. Thank you T for informing us to what is happening in America. When this country was initially founded we wanted to separate ourselves to unfair taxation put on us by the mother country at the time. We didn’t want the mother country to pick our pockets clean by their unfair taxes. Now we have illegal immigrants who are coming in and taking from American citizens who have put in their taxes into the system with the expectations that when they are old that they can have enough money to live out their life. What a horrible thing for America which is considered to be a wealthy nation to have their pockets picked cleaned in this way. When will America realize what is happening? When are we going to look into pockets to find there is not a cent to be had and that we allowed it to happen. What a terrifying realization that will be. May those who come and work in our country be held to the same standard as Americans or leave. May all the companies in America expect the same standards before they bankrupt America by their greed.

  12. Jersey,
    I agree with you, if something isn’t done, the USA may become the poorest country. Sara is right, you may be the Godly one. God DOES like order, and this is NOT order. God has richly blessed this country and we Americans need to “get back to the basics”! God wants us to obey the laws of the land, and the word “illegal” does not “fit” in the same sentence with obeying the laws of the land.

  13. Looks like your blog T and others are bringing some action…Read this in today’s news.

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., introduced legislation Monday that would prevent illegal immigrants from receiving credit cards from American financial institutions.

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