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" A Little Fellow "
Ma sei davvero Americano ?

da New York

- Alzi la mano chi sa che dietro la costruzione del Golden Gate Bridge, il finanziamento dei primi film di Walt Disney e Charlie Chaplin, la fondazione della Bank of America, c'era la mano di un immigrato italiano, ovvero Amadeo Peter Giannini.

La sua storia è sconosciuta ai più ma è una storia che ha rivoluzionato drasticamente l'aspetto della California all'inizio del '900.

Ne ha rivoluzionato non solo l'aspetto esteriore ma anche l'aspetto finanziario e mentale.

Amadeo Peter Giannini, figlio di immigrati nato in California nel 1870, è stato il fondatore della Bank of Italy, poi diventata Bank of America.

Amadeo Peter Giannini è stato sostenitore del popolo, quello vero, un popolo di lavoratori che si sporcano le mani ogni giorno nel disperato tentativo di cambiare qualcosa.

Un uomo che in poco tempo divenne il pilastro di San Francisco.

Un uomo che si mise in gioco e che ha mise in gioco ogni cosa perché credeva nella gente, quindi nelle città, nella nazione e nell'umanità stessa.

Un uomo che ha creduto nel progresso, quel progresso che si costruisce partendo dal fondo, concedendo a tutti la possibilità di farne parte.

Ma, purtroppo, questa storia è andata persa col tempo negli Stati Uniti e in Italia è quasi del tutto sconosciuta.

Family Demanding Answers After Bank Of America Requires Proof Of Citizenship

The family was not specifically targeted, as Bank of America periodically updates its files regarding citizenship status...but..

Despite immigration laws being federally mandated, the enforcement of such is often considered reprehensible and politically incorrect.

Such was the case with an American-born family who had their bank account temporarily frozen after failing to respond to a financial institution’s request to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.

They initially believed the inquiry to be a scam, hence ignoring the notice.

Yet their story has gone viral with Bank of America’s business practices being questioned, as requiring proof of citizenship is not a federal requirement for opening a bank account.

However, as a business, Bank of America is within its full right to operate as it decides.

More importantly, what is wrong with ensuring that only U.S. citizens use American banks?

The confused occurred within the Collins family of Roeland Park, Kansas.

Approximately a month ago, Josh Collins received a notice from Bank of America which he reportedly has had an account with “since the early 2000s.”

The letter was updating its database information and required Josh to prove his U.S. citizenship status.

It further asked about any current dual citizenship status.

However, Josh was born in Wichita, Kansas and is an American citizen, so his wife, Jessica Salazar Collins, subsequently threw away the letter and ignored the request.

et in failing to respond, Bank of America put a hold on the couple’s account last Tuesday, and they were temporarily unable to access their funds.

However, the California Bankers Association argued that “questions of citizenship are not federally required of banks,” or at least “not to our knowledge,” said spokeswoman Beth Mills.

Federal banking laws only require four pieces of information to open a U.S. bank account:
“name, date of birth, residential address, and Social Security number.”

While not legally required to ask about citizenship status, banks are encouraged to diligently determine who its customers are, particularly to “ward against the laundering of money that may flow through foreign countries.”

Bank of America has additionally been known to deny “services to people known to still be citizens of countries under U.S. economic sanctions.”

Also, other major banks, such as Wells Fargo, require proof of citizenship.

Nonetheless, the Collins were concerned at what appeared to be them being singled out.

Yet when the couple sought to resolve the problem at their local branch, it turned out to be a simple technicality.

There was a ‘citizenship’ flag on Josh’s account, pertaining to the prior notice.

It was quickly resolved upon Josh proving that he was, of course, a U.S. citizen and the Collins were immediately able to access their funds again.

However, Mrs. Collins reportedly took to Facebook to express her displeasure with Bank of America’s actions, to which the response has been mostly negative, with others sharing similar stories of having been required to prove that they are legally from the U.S.

Yet Bank of America continued to defend its practices with its spokeswoman, Diane Wagner, claiming that
“If we don’t hear from a customer in response to our outreach as a last resort, we may restrict the account until we can confirm it is in our compliance with regulatory requirements.”

While such would appear to be a standard practice for a bank, the Collins family is arguing that Bank of America left them potentially stranded, as the couple and their two sons were planning on taking a trip to Minnesota during the week when their account was frozen.

“We would’ve found ourselves up there without money.
No money for gas.
No money to feed our kids.
For a hotel.

No money!” an enraged Jessica Collins insisted.

Unsurprisingly, the Collins have plans to bank with another financial institution from now on.

However, the couple, along with all Bank of America customers, should be pleased that their bank is taking proactive measures to ensure that its services are rightfully limited to U.S. citizens.

Considering the horrendous effects that illegal immigration has had on the country’s crime rate and economy, at least Bank of America can regulate its practices to make its services unavailable to illegal aliens.

This has been concerning to liberals advocating for illegal immigration, as was the case in Washington when a likely now-former account holder, Maria Parker, received a similar notice to that the Collins did.

However, as of April, Parker has declined to answer the question, fearing that the bank is turning over illegal aliens’ information to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

While that would be the admirable thing to do for the sake of national security, Bank of America appears to be simply updating its information to ensure that it is not providing services to those who are not eligible.

Despite the bank previously outlandishly terminating relationships with “companies that make ‘assault rifles,’” at least regarding citizenship, it is thankfully living up to its name.

( Redazione - Courtesy by Stephanie Sheaks )

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