The Southern Connecticut Citizens for Immigration Reform
(SCtIR) have done some serious digging on Mayor DeStefano and why he would be in favor of passing an ID card for illegal alien. As they say when you notice something either illegal or wrong going on that defies logic... follow the money.
So here is what the SCtIR have dug up on Mayor DeStefano.
1. When the New Haven Savings Bank wanted to convert from a privately owned bank to a publicly owned bank, Mayor DeStefano and the city administration put the squeeze on them. The New Haven Bank then made a $25 million "contribution" to benefit the residents of the city of New Haven. This money was paid to the First City Corporation. Mayor John DeStefano and others were the directors of the First City Corporation.
2. The First City Corporation then planned to start a First City Bank that would serve the low income "immigrant" community, meaning illegal aliens.
3. The First City Corporation gave the City of New Haven, some $250,000 to fund the New Haven ID card for illegal aliens. One of the stated purposes of ID Card was to encourage card holders to use banking services. This, in effect, would produce a list of potential clients for the First City Bank.
Thus, funds that were to be used for the residents of New Haven were diverted to the creation and promotion of the New Haven ID card. While the proposed First City Bank was to be a non-profit bank, this does not mean that directors, officers and employees of the bank could not be paid.
The ID Card offers few benefits to illegal aliens and exposes them to the risk of exposure, if there is a Freedom of Information Act request for the list of names. Illegal aliens can manufacture plenty of false ID for all types of purpose. Because of a loophole in the banking act. an illegal alien can open a bank account with an EIN number from the IRS. The ID card, in reality, served little purpose for the illegals. But could be used as a marketing tool for the new First City Bank.
This brings into question whether the use of the $25 million to start a bank with funds that were designated for the residents of New Haven could not be considered a misappropriation of funds and thus a violation of state laws. The Mayor's being on the board of directors would appear to be a direct conflict of interest and his promotion of the ID card simply compounds that.
There is no doubt a conflict of interest here. The Mayor claims he is not being paid right now by the bank, but that doesn't mean that he won't be adequately compensated in the future. I find these backroom dealings to strike right at the heart of what is wrong with this country on the local level.
Hey Mayor DeStefano....
They Are Illegally Here
Tipped by: America First 2008 and Connecticut Citizens For Immigration Control