And why are the banks Dr. Baer speaks of apparently willing to do this
without themselves being lobbied by Mexico? Because the Mexican consuls
already successfully lobbied a number of the largest banks and immigrant
heavy cities, and are using that to get others on board. Mexico's stated
aim is to "eat the elephant" one piece at a time, i.e. get amnesty by
getting local acceptance of their ID. The consuls and President Fox have
made no secret of their activities and why they're doing them--why should
Dr. Baer object to calling them what they are, lobbying?
The fact is, our immigration policy is already run by vested interests:
agribusiness, ethnic political groups, labor unions, and now foreign
governments, who want remittances and power over our foreign policy, and
banks, who see a tremendous market in banking the unbanked, largely illegal
immigrants. I can't help wonder when the safety and well-being of the
American people are going to be the first priority in setting immigration
policy--not somebody's bottom line.
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