Best Solution To A Life-threatening Problem

TIE: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Austin Police Department; Wells Fargo

The fatal armed robberies of four Mexican immigrants carrying a wad of cash after payday prompted these groups and others to put their heads together. The plan was to provide a safe and cheaper way for Mexican immigrants to stash away their hard-earned money before they sent it back home to Mexico. Thanks to the groundwork laid by a host of folks - the Hispanic Chamber, APD, the Mexican Consulate, Mayor Kirk Watson, City Council members, and the secretary of state's office - Wells Fargo now offers "banking facil" or easy banking. Typically, an undocumented worker can't open a bank account without a Social Security number. But laws are starting to lighten up on, sort of, our neighbors who come here to work. Now, under the "banking facil" program at Wells Fargo, all the workers have to do is flash a valid Mexican I.D. card to the smiling teller at the window. Now that's what we call facil.

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
3000 S. I-35, #305, 512/476-7502
www.hispanicaustin.com

Austin Police Department
715 E. Eighth, 512/974-5000
www.cityofaustin.org/police

Wells Fargo
2336 S. Congress, 512/344-7000

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