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New Federal Reserve Program Helps Illegals Send Money to Mexico
National Ledger ^ | Dec 14, 2006 | Tom Fitton

Posted on 12/15/2006 7:23:44 AM PST by hedgetrimmer

If there is one thing this country needs, it’s a new government program designed to help illegal aliens send money to Mexico, don’t you think

This week, JW released Federal Reserve marketing materials created for “Directo a México” [Direct to Mexico], a new government program designed to help immigrant workers in the U.S. – regardless of their legal status – send the money they earn here to their relatives in Mexico. We obtained the marketing materials, prepared for presentations to financial institutions in California in early November 2006, from the Retail Payments Office of the Federal Reserve in Atlanta, Georgia.

Marketed as “the best way to send money home,” offering “more pesos for every dollar,” the Federal Reserve’s remittance program charges U.S. financial institutions $0.67 per item to transfer money from the United States to Mexican banks, ensuring a “highly competitive rate.” The Federal Reserve also provides participating U.S. financial institutions with Spanish language promotional materials to “help get your message out.”

The program was reportedly launched in response to a directive from President Bush following the 2001 U.S. – Mexico “Partnership for Prosperity” created by President Bush and then Mexican President Fox. (This agreement was apparently the precursor to the Security and Prosperity Partnership I’ve been telling you about in past weeks.)

The “Directo a México” marketing materials include information on payment channels and the many benefits to Mexican recipients. They also detail the number of Mexican migrants in the United States, 9,328,405, making no distinction between those who are here illegally or not. A separate list identifies Mexican banks receiving “Directo a México” transfers by branches (8,578) and total bank accounts (41,313,157).

As I’ve been saying in media interviews this week, the taxpayer-subsidized ‘Directo a México’ program appears to facilitate the transfer of wealth by illegal immigrants outside the United States. This program, therefore, not only undermines our nation’s immigration laws, but it is also a potential national security nightmare. In the least, the Federal Reserve should limit this program to legal aliens and U.S. citizens only.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Mexico; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; bushamnesty; citizenship; directoamexico; economy; federalreservebank; globalism; hispandering; illegalaliens; immigrantlist; invasionusa; mexico; remittances; sovereignty; treason
The federal government is 'marketing' its programs to illegal aliens. I wonder where the Constitution authorizes such a program?

Oh, I forgot, the Constitution is just a 'guideline' and America is really just an idea. Never mind.

1 posted on 12/15/2006 7:23:47 AM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: hedgetrimmer

our entire nation has been put into a big collander, and is being drained to the south of us.

Up for sale, the U.S.


2 posted on 12/15/2006 7:25:15 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: television is just wrong

Make it easier to drain $s out of economy, raise the living standards of illegals' families back home, and encourage even more illegal immigration. I'm so glad I helped this conservative administration get in power.


3 posted on 12/15/2006 7:33:27 AM PST by wacko rightwinger
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To: hedgetrimmer

The Feds are enabling illegals to send funds they make working illegally back home while other Feds arrest illegals & fine the employers who hire them?
Is this dog chasing his tail or what?
Or is it just that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing?


4 posted on 12/15/2006 7:34:27 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: A. Pole; gubamyster; HiJinx

ping


5 posted on 12/15/2006 7:35:05 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots. Semper Fi)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Somebody get a rope.


6 posted on 12/15/2006 7:35:30 AM PST by jpsb
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To: calcowgirl; nicmarlo; texastoo; William Terrell; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; cinives; Czar; ...

PING


7 posted on 12/15/2006 7:36:53 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: jpsb

We citizens are losing our government because our lack of civic engagement.

Time to turn the tables, I should think.


8 posted on 12/15/2006 7:37:46 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer
Ive got an Idea lets build a super highway, that goes from Michigan to say Panama and then everyone can come and go as they see fit.Then we could start a business importing low cost labor to replace higher cost labor.
9 posted on 12/15/2006 7:37:59 AM PST by claptrap (We've found a Witch can we burn her?)
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To: claptrap

Sounds like the FTAA. Sorry, someone has already thought of that. You've got to be first to market to win, in this economy.


10 posted on 12/15/2006 7:41:54 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer

HELL, THAT BEGS THE QUESTION OF WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION DOES IT AUTHORIZE CONGRESS TO GIVE THE FRANCHISE TO ISSUE AND CONTROL AMERICA'S "MONEY" TO A QUASI-PRIVATE GANG OF SELF-SERVING BANKSTERS?

Can you imagine how much wealth you could steal from the rest of us if you knew today what the interest rate levels would be in 2 months? The pals of the members of the Fed's laughingly called "Open Market Committee" (George Orwell, please call the Newspeak Office!) KNOW that. The members themselves are generally careful to let their pals serve as surrogates for their theft.

Some history. It's heavy reading and will probably bore the crap out of you -- which is PRECISELY what this criminal cabal hope you think.




(I wrote this a number of years ago when things were NOT going well with the economy. Trust me: They WILL get ugly once again as man -- or certain men -- cannot resist playing God. We continue to violate the universal, immutable laws of economics at our great peril.)

Despite the apparent economic strength of the American economy, history proves that EVERY house of cards eventually comes down. And the higher the card house, the harder the fall when it finally comes. And when it does, the more freedoms we will voluntarily surrender to "restore order." It was the Founders' concern about this historically valid problem which prompted their attempt -- now ignored -- to keep American "money" sound and honest.) Dick Bachert 1998

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The Forgotten History of Money
This is the fascinating story of the efforts by certain of the Founding Fathers to prevent the economic distress we find all about us today. It is also a sad story on the basis that modern, "sophisticated" Americans have abandoned the corrective institutional mechanism that remains in place to this day. As you read it, think about a world with many fewer S&L, banking and political scandals and economic problems now considered the norm.

"Blood running in the streets. Mobs of rioters and demonstrators threatening banks and legislatures. Looting of shop and home. Strikes and unemployment. Trade and distribution paralyzed. Shortages of food. Bankruptcies everywhere. Court dockets overloaded. Kidnappings for heavy ransom. Sexual perversion, drunkenness, lawlessness rampant. The wheels of government are clogged, and we are descending into the vale of confusion and darkness. No day was ever more clouded than the present. We are fast verging on anarchy and confusion. (George Washington in a 1786 letter to James Madison, describing the effects of fiat paper money inflation then ravaging America in the pre Constitutional period.)

"The annihilation (of the paper money) was so complete that barber shops were papered in jest with the bills; and sailors, on returning from cruises, being paid off in bundles of this worthless money, had suits made of it, and with characteristic lightheartedness, turned their loss into frolic by parading through the streets in decayed finery which in its better days had passed for thousands of dollars." (Contemporary writer, Breck, 1786)

"Paper money polluted the equity of our laws, turned them into engines of oppression, corrupted the justice of our public administration, destroyed the fortunes of thousands who had confidence in it, enervated the trade and husbandry, and the manufactures of our country, and went far to destroy the morality of out people." (Peletiah Webster, 1786)

At the drafting of the U.S.Constitution, there were many "Friends of Paper Money" present. On August 16, 1787, when the discussion arose on Article 1, Section 8, the proposed wording was this: "The Legislature of the United States shall have the power to...coin money...and emit bills of credit of the United States."

A hot argument ensued on the power to emit bills of credit, which is another way of saying "printing paper money".

Here are the actual words James Madison wrote describing the debate in his diary: "Mr.G.Morris moved to strike out *and emit bills of credit.* If the United States had credit, such bills would be unnecessary; if they had not, unjust and useless.

MADISON: Will it not be sufficient to prohibit the making them a tender? This will remove the temptation to emit them with unjust views. And promissory notes in that shape may in some emergencies be best.
MORRIS: Striking out the words will leave room still for notes of a responsible minister which will do the good without the mischief. The monied interest will oppose the plan of the Government, if paper emissions be not prohibited.
COL.MASON: Though he had a mortal hatred to paper money, yet as he could not foresee all emergencies, we was unwilling to tie the hands of the Legislature [Legislature = Congress].
MR.MERCER:(A friend to paper money) It was impolitic...to excite the opposition of all those who were friends to paper money.
MR. ELSEWORTH thought this was a favorable moment to shut and bar the door against paper money. The mischiefs of the various experiments which had been made, were now fresh in the public mind and had excited the disgust of all the respectable part of America. By withholding the power from the new Government, more friends of influence would be gained to it than by almost anything else...Give the Government credit, and other will offer. The power may do harm, never good.
MR.WILSON: It will have a most salutary influence on the credit of the United States to remove the possibility of paper money. This expedient can never succeed whilst its mischiefs are remembered, and as long as it can be resorted to, it will be a bar to other resources.
MR.READ thought the words, if not struck out, would be as alarming as the mark of the Beast in Revelation.
MR.LANGDON had rather reject the whole plan than retain the three words *and emit bills*".

The motion for striking out carried.

Historian George Bancroft later wrote: "James Madison left his testimony that *the pretext for a paper currency, and particularly for making the bills a tender, either for public or private debts, was cut
off.* This is the interpretation of the clause, made at the time of its adoption by all the statesmen of that age, not open to dispute because too clear for argument, and never disputed so long as any one man who took part in framing the constitution remained alive."

ROGER SHERMAN(1721 1793)should be a name familiar to every American. As familiar as Washington, Madison, Jefferson and Adams. He is the only man to have signed all 4 documents surrounding the formation of the United States of America: The Continental Association of 1774, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation and The United States Constitution. He was a Judge of the Superior Court in New Haven, Connecticut, serving that office with distinction from 1766 until 1788. He served as Treasurer of Yale University from 1765 to 1776. He was renouned for his high intelligence and unswerving honesty and was described by John Adams "as honest as an angel and as
firm in the cause of American independence as Mount Atlas." He served in the U.S.Senate from 1791 until his death in 1793.

Why is Roger Sherman*s name unfamiliar? HE WAS AN ENEMY OF PAPER MONEY!! In 1751, Roger Sherman and his brother William sued James Battle for paying a debt to their shop in New Milford, Connecticut, in depreciating paper currency. Over a period of 15 months, Battle had charged "divers wares and merchandizes" amounting to 129 pounds of what
Sherman assumed were pounds of Connecticut "Old Tenor", a stable currency whose value were well preserved by taxation taking it out of circulation. But Battle assumed the debt was denominated in pounds of ever depreciating Rhode Island currency, tendered in same, and the Shermans took a beating in the payment and sued for recovery of loss by depreciation. The Shermans lost when Battle argued that he was merely following the accepted custom of the day. In 1752, Sherman wrote his book "A Caveat Against Injustice or An Inquiry into the Evils of a Fluctuating Medium of Exchange" indicting UNBACKED PAPER MONEY.

It was this experience that Sherman brought to the Constitutional Convention and prompted him to rise on August 28,1787 and propose new, more restrictive wording to Article 1,Section 10. The standing version under consideration was worded this way: "No state shall coin money; nor grant letters of marque and reprisal; nor enter into any Treaty, alliance, or confederation; nor grant any title of Nobility." (From Madison’s Notes of the Convention) "Judge Sherman and Mr. Wilson moved to insert the words *coin money* the words *nor emit bills of credit, nor make any thing but gold and silver coin a tender in payment of debts* making these prohibitions absolute, instead of making the measures allowable with the consent of the Legislature of the U.S. Mr. Sherman thought this a FAVORABLE CRISIS FOR CRUSHING PAPER MONEY. If the consent of the Legislature could authorize emissions of it, the friends of paper money would make every exertion to get into the Legislature in order to license it." Mr. Sherman*s and Mr. Wilson*s motion was quickly agreed to and became the supreme law of the land.

Some additional quotations to ponder:

"All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the constitution or confederation, nor from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation" (John Adams in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, 1787)

"I deny the power of the general government to making paper money, or anything else, a legal tender." (Thomas Jefferson)

"You have been doubtless been informed, from time to time, of the happy progress of our affairs. The principal difficulties seem in great measure to have been surmounted. Our revenues have been considerably
more productive than it was imagined they would be. I mention this to show the spirit of enterprise that prevails." (George Washington in a letter to the Marquis de LaFayette, June 3, 1790 AFTER the United States Constitution prohibited unbacked paper money at Article 1, Section 10)

"Since the federal constitution has removed all danger of our having a paper tender, our trade is advanced fifty percent. Our monied people can trust their cash abroad, and have brought their coin into circulation." (December 16, 1789 edition of The Pennsylvania
Gazette)

"Our country, my dear sir, is fast progressing in its political importance and social happiness." (George Washington in a letter to the Marquis de LaFayette, March 19, 1791)

"The United States enjoys a sense of prosperity and tranquility under the new government that could hardly have been hoped for." (George Washington in a letter to Catherine Macaulay Graham, July 19,1791)

"Tranquility reigns among the people with that disposition towards the general government which is likely to preserve it. Our public credit stands on that high ground which three years ago would have been
considered as a species of madness to have foretold." (George Washington in a letter to David Humphreys, July 20, 1791)

"It is apparent from the whole context of the Constitution as well as the times which gave birth to it, that it was the purpose of the Convention to establish a currency consisting of the precious metals.
These were adopted by a permanent rule excluding the use of a perishable medium of exchange, such as certain agricultural commodities recognized by the statutes of some States as tender for debts, or the still more pernicious expedient of PAPER CURRENCY." (Andrew Jackson, 8th Annual Message to Congress, December 5, 1836)

DESPITE WHAT YOU WERE TAUGHT IN SCHOOL, THE HISTORICAL RECORD IS CRYSTAL CLEAR: AMERICA WAS TO HAVE BEEN SPARED THE DESTRUCTIVE EFFECTS OF AN UNBACKED PAPER MONEY SYSTEM. MOST OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY CAN BE TRACED TO WHAT ANDREW JACKSON CALLED "THE PERNICIOUS EXPEDIENT OF PAPER MONEY".

HISTORY TEACHES THAT AN "ARTIFICIAL" MONEY CREATES AN "ARTIFICIAL" WORLD WHERE THE PRICE FOR SOME ITEM...EVEN OUR MOST POPULAR WELFARE "PROGRAM"...CAN BE DEFERRED TO FUTURE GENERATIONS (OUR $11 TRILLION
NATIONAL DEBT) OR PAID WITH A "MONEY" CREATED OUT OF THIN AIR WHICH ROBS THE VALUE FROM THE MONEY WE MIGHT BE UNFORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE IN OUR POCKETS AT THAT MOMENT (INFLATION). AND ONE THING YOU MUST REMEMBER ABOUT INFLATION IS THAT IT IS NOT AN "EQUAL OPPORTUNITY" DESTROYER: THOSE FIRST IN LINE TO GET THEIR HANDS ON THE NEW MONEY ROLLING OFF THE PRESSES (THE MODERN FRIENDS OF PAPER MONEY) HAVE A CHANCE TO SPEND IT BEFORE IT LOSES ITS VALUE. THE LITTLE PEOPLE (THAT’S US, FOLKS!) FARTHEST DOWN THE LINE ARE THE ONES WHO FEEL THE FULLEST EFFECTS OF THIS DESTRUCTIVE PROCESS.


11 posted on 12/15/2006 7:46:26 AM PST by Dick Bachert (--)
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To: hedgetrimmer

How about they create a federal program to help send illegals home to Mexico instead?


12 posted on 12/15/2006 8:11:22 AM PST by sheana
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To: hedgetrimmer
Print it, loan it, and ship it.

Inflation free money.

13 posted on 12/15/2006 8:26:12 AM PST by Carry_Okie (Islam offers three choices: fight, submit, or die.)
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To: Dick Bachert

Its an important read. Thanks for posting it.


14 posted on 12/15/2006 8:28:57 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: sheana

Now that's a bureaucracy I could support!


15 posted on 12/15/2006 8:29:10 AM PST by truthkeeper (It's the borders, stupid.)
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To: claptrap
I've got an Idea lets build a super highway, that goes from Michigan to say Panama and then everyone can come and go as they see fit.

They're about eight decades ahead of you. Google Pan-American Highway.

16 posted on 12/15/2006 8:33:12 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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ping


17 posted on 12/15/2006 8:51:21 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: hedgetrimmer

This could actually be a good idea.

You make it illegal to transfer money via other methods and then have the federal gov't handle all international money transfers.....

.... and the appropriate social security & federal taxes could be withheld if the person making the transfer can't prove that those taxes has already been paid.... hmmmm.

oh well, we can dream I suppose.


18 posted on 12/15/2006 9:25:46 AM PST by NOLA_homebrewer
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To: NOLA_homebrewer
the federal gov't handle all international money transfers

Too much power for the fed. Not in their constitutional powers. Let's stop trying to make the federal government bigger and more interfering, shall we?
19 posted on 12/15/2006 9:52:13 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: hedgetrimmer

Well, if you don't like it, you know who to blame.

"The program was reportedly launched in response to a directive from President Bush"


20 posted on 12/15/2006 10:29:48 AM PST by gcruse (http://garycruse.blogspot.com/)
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To: hedgetrimmer

the point I was making was that that process could be used to extract all the unemployment taxes that get missed by the illegals getting paid under the table


21 posted on 12/15/2006 10:31:25 AM PST by NOLA_homebrewer
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To: NOLA_homebrewer

I understand, but to do that,you would be making the federal government even more powerful.

The key here is to stop illegal immigration period. Don't use taxpayer's money to set up a corrupt and unconstitutional scheme for low cost(compared to banks doing it) wealth redistribution to foreign countries.

The taxpayer is losing BIG TIME here.


22 posted on 12/15/2006 10:38:32 AM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: sheana
"How about they create a federal program to help send illegals home to Mexico instead?"


There's a private prison in Taylor TX. that has about 400 illegals (including children). We're paying top dollar for for their incarceration. On the bright side, at least they're locked up!
23 posted on 12/15/2006 11:48:49 AM PST by wolfcreek (Please Lord, May I be, one who sees what's in front of me.)
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To: hedgetrimmer
More federal help for the lawbreaking illegal alien scum infecting the United States, arranged by the very same useless federal government charged with the responsibility for enforcing our immigration laws.

Will someone please explain to me why we continue to put up with this sorry collection of Washington losers...

24 posted on 12/15/2006 5:20:05 PM PST by Czar ( StillFedUptotheTeeth@Washington)
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To: jpsb

There's not enough rope.


25 posted on 12/15/2006 5:24:31 PM PST by Firefish (Fight the future!)
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To: Firefish

Well have to buy some from China, then, made by chinese slave labor.


26 posted on 12/16/2006 6:39:00 PM PST by hedgetrimmer (I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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