Memo From The Midwest, By Dave Gorak
Just How Lucky
Can An Illegal Alien Get?
sclerosis 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
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,"
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
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
deep religious faith. And
that to us is the definition of the Hispanic community."
Calumet opens home ownership to illegal immigrants,
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
him] 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
Enforcement (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
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
children 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