Bank Job: How the Fed Aids Illegal Aliens



Little known to Americans, but widely used by illegal aliens, a U.S. banking program is helping to funnel billions of dollars out of this country.

Directo a Mexico sends remittances of U.S. funds through the U.S. Federal Reserve directly to Mexico’s central bank. And the Fed has been doing this for years.

The George W. Bush administration launched the program in 2005 to provide low-cost banking services to immigrants – legal and illegal – as well as to facilitate the transfer of U.S. dollars. Remittances sent via Directo a Mexico are processed through the Fed’s automated clearinghouse to Banco de Mexico.

The Fed’s marketing materials openly cater to immigrants in the U.S. regardless of their legal status. The program is promoted (bilingually, of course) as “the best way to send money home,” offering “more pesos for every dollar.”

Mexicans in this country are catching on. Last year, they wired home a record $33.48 billion, with a big chunk flowing through Directo a Mexico. Banco de Mexico reported 104 million remittance transactions in 2018, nearly 6 million more than the previous year.

A Mexican-issued identification is the only requirement for using the Fed’s services at participating U.S. banks.

Convenient as this may be for migrants, the operation is a discredit to America’s central bank, and a drain on the U.S. economy.

The $33.48 billion funneled out of the country is $33.48 billion not circulating through the U.S. economy to purchase goods and services, create jobs or build businesses. Nor are those funds subjected to sales taxes, excise taxes, restaurant taxes, etc. “The loss of tax revenue – that could be used to pay for a large number of public services consumed by aliens in the United States – is staggering,” FAIR notes.

Federal Reserve officials acknowledge that most Mexican nationals sending money home are illegal aliens. By facilitating those transfers, Directo a Mexico provides financial services to people illegally present in this country.

There are federal laws against this. Title 8, Subsection 1324(A) of the U.S. Code expressly makes it an offense “to engage in a conspiracy to commit or aid or abet” illegal aliens.

Michelle Malkin — author of “Open Borders Inc.: Who’s Funding America’s Destruction?” — said, “Not only should President Trump fulfill the promise that he made many months ago to tax remittances but he should shut down this Federal Reserve program as well.”

It’s about time, and money. As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reminded Americans recently, “No one is above the law.” We presume that includes the Federal Reserve.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

2 Comments

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    Alabaster McGillicuddy on

    Why does it seem that various government agencies work against the people and the country? Oh, wait a minute the US Federal Reserve is not a government agency it is a private banking organization. Close down the Fed stop them from collluding with Mexico!!!

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    Making It Mandatory That You Have Your Own Health Insurance or You Can’t Be Let Into America

    Is a great Trump policy, that should shut the spigot off for good…wait until they see the monthly price tags on Obamacare programs that still survived cancellation…LOL

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