Protect and Defend

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Monday, August 28, 2006

Bank of America

Tonight I saw a new Bank of America commercial that was mostly in Spanish. It showed an older woman in Mexico going to a walk-up window to pick up money that her son had sent her from the US. The purpose of the commercial was to tell people that Bank of America now offers to wire money to Mexico for free. Considering that Mexico’s second largest industry is the 20 billion dollars sent back to Mexico from the US and considering those who send this money back are often illegal immigrants, this commercial pissed me off. What about you?

It is as if they are flaunting the fact that their customers are illegal immigrants and having worked as a teller in a bank I can tell you that on Fridays a lot of Hispanic workers would come in with what were obviously forged Resident Alien cards to cash their checks. Now I don’t know what a Resident Alien card is or who issues these cards, but my manager just said to accept them because they did not want to upset the construction companies that had an account there where the checks were drawn from.

I don’t bank with Bank of America – and I never will.

10 Comments:

Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I am quite sure that wasn't the intention of the ad, but perception is reality, and that's how you saw it. Maybe next they could do an ad where some african -american youths are cashing checks and then they drive off in some flashy cars...clearly showing Bank of America's support of illegal drug dealing. I beginning to think you really enjoy being offended by stuff.

Tue Aug 29, 05:39:00 AM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

Nice, Mariner. This is true. Pub will get pissed off at anything and everything that he perceives weakens the sovreign power of the US, and that 30 second spot on Spike TV in between rounds of the Ultimate Fighting Championshiop did just that. He's a little high-strung when it comes to immigration, take it from me.

But for once, I see his point. It is really hard for me to believe that this happens. First, the fact that you worked in a bank and they told you to just accept everything (and I assume all banks handle it the same way) completely makes any safeguards against illegals a mot point. Thats surprising to me. And he also has a great point about the commercial. If the above situation is the case with Bank of America, they are obviously directing that add to people who wish to send money to Mexico, legally or illegally (since tellers are told not to distinguish between the two) and if illegals see the add the bank's plan will probably work.

The only catch is that, if this is wildly successful, wouldn't this cause the gub'ment to look more closely at the bank and its dealings with wiring money across the border?

Tue Aug 29, 08:43:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I see your point Mykiss, but knowing that people have been wiring money down for years and years, I would think that most banks would prefer to work with people who have accounts. I would think that there would be problems opening a bank account if you didn't have the proper paperwork. I don't know, as I've had the same bank and bank account for the last 10 years. I realize there's a way around just about everything, but still. I'm stupid because I always try to play by the rules, I expect that everyone else will too. As you can imagine, I am often disappointed.

Tue Aug 29, 11:52:00 AM  
Blogger Brooke said...

It is my impression that banks often charge a fee to cash checks of those without accounts... So they would be making a tidy sum, don'tcha think?

Also, I expect that with La Raza showing up to protest in public en masse without any mass deportation resulting, no one fears any gubmit retribution. Hell, they could probably put a sign in the front window of every BOA that says: "Illegals Bank Here," and not get in a whole lot of trouble.

What's more: After this November, we won't hear another peep about illegal immigration from the gubmit until... 2008!

Tue Aug 29, 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

Wow. A commercial based on reality. Like, the bank does this in real life. No animated talking lizards, either, speaking English or Spanish.

Who. Cares.

Tue Aug 29, 11:02:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

MyKiss, thank you for the support. I don’t know what type of paperwork you need to open an account or if you need to be a US Citizen to have an account here in the US. I know that you do not have to be a citizen to have an account in some other countries, but the people I knew who had accounts in other countries were in that country legally on a work visa. I never worked the desk to open accounts, so I don’t know. I did work the teller line a lot and for more than one bank and for more than one branch. We obviously still had to look at all IDS even if they were these pink resident alien cards and we would have to record the information on the cashed checks – not that it made any difference. What was funny about these Resident Alien cards was that the signatures would all be in manuscript and all with the most generic names. I am sure some were legit, but then you would get one and it would not be like a Driver’s License photo, and instead some would have profile photos and others would have photos where the head would be cut out and there would be no background and then there was one that really made me laugh because I could have swore I saw a tree in the background. What I didn’t understand is that we had to take classes on how to spot fake IDs and if there was a question about someone’s ID card we would have to bring it to the manager. I remember at least one time where I spotted a fake and brought it to the manager and we did not let the person cash the check. Now, I have not worked in a bank for awhile, but I do know that now some banks will make you put a thumb print on the back of a check if you are cashing it on the bank it is drawn from if you do not have an account there, but I don’t know what that does either.

Brooke, no if you don’t have an account at a bank you can still cash the check if the check is drawn from that bank that is what I was talking about here. You can use your own bank or wherever the check was drawn from.

And QD, I figured this would not bother you. Everyone knows that most illegal immigrants come to this country to send money home. What Bank of America was doing in this commercial was saying, “We are going to make it easier for you so you can send even more home.” To me this is a large corporation encouraging illegal immigration.

Wed Aug 30, 04:13:00 AM  
Blogger Rogue Mariner said...

I got to thinking about this a little more, wouldn't this be a good way to find out who is here, and round up illegals? Either by stopping the transaction midway or by waiting for them to come in again to send another payment. Granted you could probably only nail a few before word got out, but it's certainly an easy way to catch some. And Publius, that would go a long way towards making your country cleaner.

Wed Aug 30, 05:28:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Considering how many day laborer sites there are around the country, having ICE Agents sit around banks waiting for people to wire money is a waste of time. The government and anyone who lives near a day laborer site knows where the illegals are; we don’t need Bank of America to find them.

Thu Aug 31, 12:36:00 AM  
Blogger quakerdave said...

You figured right.

Thu Aug 31, 01:17:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

QD, we don’t need BoA to find them, but that still does not mean that I can’t be offended by the commercial. If the government was doing its job and enforcing the laws, this would not be a problem.

Sat Sep 02, 02:12:00 AM  

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