Attend First Data`s Meetings–Put Shoe On Other Fote!


Western DisUnion: CEO Charlie Fote Betrays America

I got a lot of email last week when

about Charles Fote, Chairman of the Board and
Chief Executive Officer of Colorado`s First Data
Corporation, and sugar daddy to his very own little
Treason Lobby, the

First Data Empowerment Fund.

Here`s more, with suggestions on how
you can attend First Data`s meetings – and put the shoe
on the other Fote!

Fote, on behalf of First Data,
personally oversees so-called forums under the heading
“Immigration: What Reform Will Bring to Our Nation.”

Meetings have been held in Los Angeles, Chicago and (most
recently) Denver.

In effect, under the guise of
“immigration reform”
Fote and the First Data
Corporation is conspiring with open-borders advocates to
break up America. Out of convenience, Fote calls the
undermining of America “Empowerment.” (For
Hispanics, that is,)

Stripped to their bare bones, the
gatherings are brazen lobbying for unchecked immigration
by Fote and his Hispanic ethnic identity allies.

In March, at the National Press Club
in Washington D.C., Fote (e-mail
or telephone
303-488-8000) kicked off his “forums.”

Here are some tired
immigration-enthusiast clichés from Fote`s opening
remarks, recycled for the umpteenth time:

  • “Immigrants strengthen the U.S. economy
    and diversify the social fabric of our society.

  • “The [immigration] policy must
    contain a mechanism to reduce the backlog of families
    seeking to immigrate to the U.S.”

  • “There must be a fundamental
    reassessment of U.S. immigration and migrant worker
    policies, practices and laws as a means of living up to
    our democratic values.

And at the Washington kick-off, Fote
announced that First Data would establish a:

“…$10 million commitment to the

communities we serve
here and

. By creating the First Data Empowerment Fund,
we are announcing our intention to act as a long-term and
active participant in the dialogue relating to critical
issues such as immigration reform and economic

The first three Empowerment advisory
board members are Raul Yzaguirre, president,

National Council of La Raza;
Salvador Gomez,

Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
and Robert de
Posada, president,
Latino Coalition
(e-mail him:

Fred Neihaus, First Data Senior Vice
President, Public Affairs, will direct the advisory
board. (e-mail him:

To the uninitiated, Fote`s grand
scheme may sound compassionate. And within the

hushed environs
of the National Press Club, Fote was
no doubt persuasive.

But when in July the venue shifted
to North High School in a

Hispanic enclave
of Denver, the brutal reality of

was on arrogant display.

Here follows, as chronicled by Fred
Elbel and Mike McGarry of the

Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform
, Bill Herron

Defend Colorado Now
, and Marty Lich, a local educator
and activist, are some of the comments made by Fote`s
handpicked henchmen:

  • Lisa Duran, Executive Director, “Derechos
    Por Todos”
    (“Rights for All People”), e-mail:

    policy that ceded to an enforcement approach that results
    in the criminalization of fundamentally human activities
    such as


    driving a car
    and moving to keep families together.
    The enforcement of American immigration policy is also
    tied to


    sentiments. [referring to Colorado`s
    Matricula Consular ban]… the words immigrant
    and illegal, a complete and fundamental

  • Thomas Saenz,

    Vice President,
    Litigation, Mexican American Legal
    Defense Fund:

    need to have a legalization program to reflect our
    , including the centrality of
    family unification
    … We need to have national
    enforcement priorities for immigration systems. Currently
    in California, thousands and thousands of people live in
    fear because of widespread Border Patrol sweeps. I
    believe this kind of enforcement activity is not
    consistent with our values… I believe it is critical
    that comprehensive immigration reform includes a national
    principle of non-discrimination against people on the
    basis of immigration status."

    First Data Immigration Reform panel in Denver, July 22,

Fote`s motive for supporting these
Reconquistas is equally brutal. First Data`s core
business is money transfer through its Western Union
subsidiary. The company (and Fote) profit from more
illegal immigration.

The simple formula: More Aliens=

= Higher First Data Profits= Higher

for Fote.

Fote lives differently than us. His
$5 million annual salary is much higher than ours. Money,
it appears, is important to Fote.

Power and money, however, aren`t the
most important differences between Fote and VDARE.COM
readers. Unlike Fote, you and I care about what happens
to America. We recognize the rule of law. And we
recognize that for our nation and society to survive,
laws must be obeyed

Fote, raised by

parents who doubtless had the

same virtues as mine,
knows that too. Lately, though,
Fote has chosen to ignore the common good in the interest
of personal gain.

If it is true that you can tell a
lot about a man`s character by the company he keeps, then
Fote and I will not be having dinner any time soon.

While reading my column, you no
doubt have formed your own opinions about Fote`s agenda.
If so, you`ll have an opportunity to express them.

More Empowerment meetings are
scheduled for Nebraska and Texas. The company hasn`t
returned my calls asking for details, but I expect I`ll
find out. I can read the

Spanish-language press!
(If any VDARE.COM reader has
information, let us know.)

And on September 8th,
First Data is holding an investor and analyst conference
at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. The formal
presentation will begin at 8:00 AM, preceded by breakfast
at 7:00 AM. If you can attend, e-mail

For those who live outside the New
York area, the slide presentation will be available via
web cast at
. To participate in the conference
via phone, call 1-888-831-9087.

Speak up.  Ask if it`s really

good business

sell out America.

I intend to say that in more than
fifteen years of covering immigration, I have never seen
greed so naked.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.