Memo From The Midwest, By Dave Gorak

Just How Lucky
Can An Illegal Alien Get?

If you saw the old movie

Pride of the Yankees,
you know that New York
Yankee baseball legend

Lou Gehrig
, just diagnosed with

amyotrophic lateral
that would kill him, made a
famous speech in which he declared himself “the
luckiest guy on the face of the earth."

When it comes to feeling like the luckiest guy on the
face of the earth, however, Gehrig had nothing on
Hammond, Indiana, resident Javier Palacios Perez.

Gehrig`s illustrious career included setting a major
league record by playing in

2,130 consecutive games
(1925 to 1939), a career
average of .340 and hitting four home runs in a game.

Perez did none of these things, of course. But he
still has achieved celebrity status of a sort thanks to

Main Stream Media
that regularly pumps out feel-good
stories about millions like him:  He is believed to be
the first illegal alien in

Northwest Indiana
to qualify for a home loan using
the IRS` Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). 

The IRS began issuing these cards in the late 1990s
to people who

don`t have Social Security numbers
so they can file

tax returns.
  To date, nobody has explained why the
ITIN, which the IRS nearly two years ago said in a
letter to the governors of all 50 states was to be used

for tax purposes only,
has become another vehicle by
which the

bottom-feeding banking industry
can get its share of

growing illegal-alien market

"ITINs are for federal tax reporting only,
and are not intended to serve any other purposes,"
says the

IRS on its website.


rule of law in this country,
which is fast
becoming—well, let`s hear what`s really important these
days from Cal Bellamy, chairman and chief executive
officer of

Bank Calumet
in Hammond, [Send

it mail
], which allowed factory worker Perez to
snatch his part of the American Dream by

sneaking in through the back door:

"We want to work
with hard-working, taxpaying people with

strong families


deep religious faith.
that to us is the definition of the Hispanic community."
Calumet opens home ownership to illegal immigrants

Northwest Indiana
August 17, 2005]

This is a more politically correct way of putting
what one bank president in southern California,  Desert
Community Bank president

Ron Wilson
, [Email
] said recently after announcing his institution
would allow the
matricula consular
to be used to open bank
accounts: "We cater to everybody. The only color we
understand here is the

color of green.

(“Local Banks Tap Illegal Immigrant Market,”

Miguel Gonzales, Daily Press, July 17, 2005)

A number of e-mails to Bank Calumet`s Bellamy (e-mail
him yourself) produced no direct response. But Greg
Serbon, a member of the

Indiana Federation for Immigration Reform and
(IFIRE), which staged a Sept. 3
demonstration in front of the bank, received the
following e-mail explaining the bank`s decision to
reward illegal behavior:

"The people (illegal
aliens) we are lending to must meet all the same
financial standards as any other borrower.  There are no
subsidies—public or private.

"We received an
interesting e-mail from someone whose grandfather grew
up in


When he received his draft notice, he refused to serve
and ran away stealing a horse.  Somehow or other he got
onto a ship sailing for America.  Landed here

with no money.
He eventually married a Polish girl, had

who acted as his translators.  Some
of us forget how our own families got here.  Bank

So there you have it. Mr. Perez apparently fits Bank
Calumet`s criteria for achieving success in the United
States:  Break a few laws to get here and then don`t
bother to learn the language of the country that

allows you to get away with it.

As promised, IFIRE held a second demonstration to
protest Bank Calumet`s greed-driven policy, this time at
the bank`s Munster location on Sept. 24. 

Cheree Calabro
of Valpariso, who heads IFIRE`s
Porter County`s branch, again reported passersby honked
their horns and gave the "thumbs up" sign.
Several people have told Calabro that they will pull
their savings out of Bank Calumet.

Meanwhile, the "hard-working, tax-paying"
Javier Palacios Perez and his ilk, with the support of

American businesses
like Bank Calumet, are even more
brazen as they wave the

Hawaiian good luck sign
 in the faces of the rest of

Gorak [
him] is the executive
director of the

Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

in LaValle, WI. Read his VDARE.COM archive