September 09, 2007

Charity Begins At Home?

In the February 13,2007, dislosure of the Bank of America, the largest retail banking chain in the U.S., it was revealed that they have been quietly providing credit cards to customers who may not have social security numbers.

Bank of America says that their program complies with U.S. banking and anti-terrorism laws, but critics say that it will enable illegal immigrants to more easily settle into the United States, and provide tax breaks to which they are not entitled.

Considering the above, here's a fitting scenario involving a customer and the Bank of America:

The Bank: Bank of America, can I help you?

Customer: Yes, I want to cancel my account. I don't want to do business with you any longer.

The Bank: Why?

Customer: You're giving credit to illegal immigrants and I don't think it's right. I'm taking my business elsewhere.

The Bank: Well, Mr. Customer, we don't want to see you do that, but we can't stop you. I'll help you close the account. What is your account number?

Customer: (gives account number)

The Bank: For security purposes and for your protection, can you please give me the last four digits of your social security number?

Customer: No?

The Bank: Mr. Customer, I need to verify your information, but in order to help you, I'll need verification of who you are.

Customer: Why should I give you my social security number? The reason I'm closing my account is that your bank is issuing credit cards to illegal immigrants who don't have social security numbers. You are targeting that audience and want their business. Let's say I'm an illegal immigrant and you've given me a credit card. I have a question about it and call for assistance. You wouldn't be asking me for a Social Security number, would you?

The Bank: No sir, I wouldn't.

Customer: Why not?

The Bank: Because you would have pressed '2' to speak in Spanish. We don't ask for that information when calling in on the Spanish line.

Now, if you're not disgusted enough, already, here are a few facts to ponder:

1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!
5. $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
7. 30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages arecaused by the illegal aliens.
10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the U.S.
11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroine and marijuana, crossed into the U. S from the Southern border.
12. The National Policy Institute, "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period."
13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
14. "The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United States. "

The total cost? $338.3 Billion dollars per year.

Now, lest any of you think that I'm heartless, I will tell you that I feel very sorry for the poor people who are fleeing their own countries to get into this one. Most of them are wanting a better life for themselves, and/or their families. But what about the poor in this country? What about the sad, and sorry state of our own educational system, as a result of lack of funding? What about the homeless in this country, which happens to be their homeland? How about the lack of medical care afforded to our poor? I could go on and on, but I think you get my point. That three-hundred-thirty-eight-point-three billion dollars could be put to pretty good use in helping the poor and under-privilieged citizens of this country.

I've always heard the old saying, that charity begins at home, but I'm beginning to wonder.


If anyone would like the links to the above stated statistics, send me an email, and I will send them to you.


Olivia Kroth said...

You named some sad facts, Jan.
It is a shame that the government does not have enough money for children's education, social welfare of the homeless and workless, for medicare.

Maybe if the government did not spend so much money on wars, there would be more money left for the vital issues?

We have a lot of immigrants in Germany, too, illegal and legal.
What worries me more than the immigrant question is the rise of the Neo-Nazi-movement over here.

Also I am scared of those illegal criminal structures that have established themselves as state within the state: people in socalled "security services" following stigmatized people, harrassing them and stalking them day and night.

This is what really scares me.
I believe such structures exist in the USA, too. Lydia will be able to tell you more about it. I saw that you left a comment on her blog.

Take care,

Jan said...

Yes, Olivia, it is a shame that the government does not have enough money for these things, as you have said, but the fact is that it has been drained, not only by the costs of war, but by many other things, as well,..the welfare system, and the cost of illegal immigration, and Homeland Security, to name a few.

Yes, a lot of money has been spent on wars...wars of many kinds. There is being a war being fought on drugs, and a war being fought on crime, both of which, to some degree, involve illegal immigration, which in itself, is criminal.

The Neo-Nazi movement which you mention, in your country, I am not familiar with, so I cannot address that, at all.

The "structures" which you mentioned, involving "so-called security services," known as "gang-stalking," is something that I heard of, only recently, and one of which I am totally ignorant, but in case there are any readers who are interested in the subject, I am enclosing the link which you sent to me.

The Hermit said...

If I were in Germany, I'd be a lot more concerned about Islamo Fascism than I was about some teen aged punks running around with skin heads and jack boots.

We don't fight wars for fun. We fight them for self protection. Europeans have short memories, particularly as concerns the events of 9-11. But then, it didn't happen to them.

I think the Gestapo is out of style in Germany and elsewhere. The security services of Germany probably saved a great many lives this past week when they prevented the Islamic attacks on the civilian airfield and the U.S.military base. Without those security services, the undoubted result would have been tragedy.

You don't fight evil with love and care unless you want your face bashed in. That's how the world is. So Sorry.

Hey, Jan. Just dropped by to say hello.

Jan said...

Hey, Hermit, thanks for dropping by...your comments are appeciated.

Olivia Kroth said...

Hello Hermit,

the Gestapo is alive and doing well in Germany. It just calls itself differently. I know what I am talking about because I live here. With a look from afar, that might be seen differently, of course.