Bank is scene of an anti-immigration protest

By Mario Guevara,a The Atlanta Latino March 3, 2005

...One of Georgiaís anti-immigration organizations held a peaceful demonstration last Saturday outside Banco Unido,a local bank owned by a group of Hispanic investors.

More than 20 members of the group The American Resistance Foundation (T.A.R.) participated in the protest,which lasted a little over two hours.

Holding banners with anti-immigrant [sic] slogans, the demonstrators protested the benefits being offered by the bank to immigrants opening savings accounts and applying for loans.

The organization is characterized for its demostrations against undocumented immigrants in favor of obtaining driverís licenses.

According to D.A. King, the groupís founder, Banco Unido is a major promoter of illegal immigration by providing benefits deserved only by people who can provide proof of their legal status in the United States.

...it was business as usual within the offices of Banco Unido, with its customers, several of whom were Americans, making various transactions, although they were a bit uneasy due to the protest....

United Americas Bank, N. A., is a nationally chartered bank established in 1999 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

The bank is Hispanic owned and operated and has assets exceeding $112 million.

Members of the Board include Rene Diaz, Jorge L. Forment, Eduardo G. Martinez, Reinaldo Pascual, Filiberto Prieto, Lou Sobh, Ignacio Taboada and Sam Zamarripa.

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