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Here is the truth about the Bank of America program and the fact that true Americans on the Gaston County Commission wont deal with those that market to Illegal Immigrants.
Unlike the Observer article, Kevin Ellis gives the actual facts and common sense truth about this issue.
County switching banks over immigration issue
by Kevin Ellis
April 13, 2007
Some Gaston County commissioners say they don’t want county government doing business with Bank of America because they believe a credit card marketing strategy favors illegal aliens…..
“From what I’m hearing it’s not going to be Bank of America,” said Commissioner Tom Keigher. “It’s going to be anyone but (Bank of America).”
Critics of the bank’s policy, which include U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick of Charlotte, say the pilot program allows undocumented workers to obtain credit. Myrick recently took her personal accounts to Wachovia in protest.
The controversy prompted Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis to defend the pilot program in an opinion piece he authored in The Wall Street Journal.
“First, the program is not about illegal immigrants, and never was,” Lewis wrote in the Feb. 22 edition of The Wall Street Journal. “It is designed to help Bank of America customers build a credit history. Second, 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.”
Bank of America spokeswoman Betsy Weinberger said Gaston County commissioners do not have a clear understanding of the pilot program.
For example, several Gaston commissioners said the bank offers the program nationwide, but in fact Bank of America limits it to 51 banking centers in Los Angeles County, Weinberger said.
“This is not targeted toward illegal immigrants,” Weinberger said…..
….Commissioners have taken a stance against illegal immigration before. In November, a 5-1 majority voted in support of a resolution to limit the county’s spending on discretionary services going to illegal immigrants.
“We’ve already made a statement,” said Keigher, “and we’re standing on a principle.”
You can reach Kevin Ellis at (704) 869-1823.
You can read the obvious fact that Betsy Weinberger is lying to you here.
You can read the Observers Propaganda view of this story here.
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