Excerpts from following article: "Twin City Bank in Little Rock has joined other chains in accepting identification cards issued by consulates to Mexicans living abroad...The bank also provides tax identification numbers to customers that don't have Social Security cards... The consulate has issued 4,000 matricula consular cards and passports since it opened--a nearly overwhelming response for his 10 member staff...  Mexico estimates it received $23.1 billion in U.S. remittances in 2006." (Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee lobbied for the Mexican Consulate Office in Little Rock.)

Bank Takes Mexican IDs, Joining Other Chains

Below are excerpts from this article that can be found online at this link: http://www.nwaonline.net/articles/2007/08/28/news/082907arhispbank.txt

"Since, Twin City Bank began accepting the matricula consular, an identification card issued by consulates to Mexicans living abroad. Twin City's decision puts the Pulaski County banking chain in line with its counterparts in Arkansas that accept the cards as a means to open bank accounts and transfer money to family members still living in Mexico....

"The matricula consular cards include a photograph of the individual, a government seal and holographic image. Any Mexican citizen can receive one at a consulate by showing a birth certificate and other identifying documents their residency.

"Consul Andres Chao said the consulate has issued 4,000 matricula consular cards and passports since it opened -- a nearly overwhelming response for his 10-member staff.

"The bank also applied to join the Federal Reserve's Automated Clearing House, a system allowing its branches to send money from clients to approved banks in Mexico, Hardcastle said. That's a service that could draw more Mexican customers to the bank, as extra money often finds it way back to families still living there. Mexico estimates it received $23.1 billion in U.S. remittances in 2006. [That is $23.1 billion spent in Mexico instead of  helping the economy in the US]

"Hardcastle said the bank, which quietly rolled out its new programs, has not received any criticism for reaching out to Mexican immigrants, a state with one of the fastest-growing Spanish-speaking communities in the nation."

Huckabee lobbied for the Mexican Consulate Office in Little Rock

Following excerpts taken from newspaper article "NWA’s Hispanic numbers help land Mexican consulate office" Arkansas Democrat Gazette, October 15, 06 at this link: . http://www.nwanews.com/adg/Business_Matters/169828/

Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006

“'When Gov. Huckabee visited, they talked about the possibility of a consulate in Little Rock. After he left, the government began working on it,' Chao said. Volumes of paperwork and many steps had to be completed before the consulate could be established, he said.

"Securing the consulate in Arkansas, rather than allowing it to go to Tennessee was important, Trevino said.

“Gov. Huckabee realized early on that states with Mexican consulates have done very well tradewise with Mexico. We did research and talked with the officials, we saw right away that we needed to be in play for the consulate,” he said."

Perhaps Twin City Bank needs to hear from Arkansans, and perhaps the people in the rest of the nation need to know how Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee's actions on illegal alien issues contrast with his rhetoric..