Arizona sued for seizing money wired from Illinois

Reply Thu 19 Oct, 2006 07:10 am
A Burbank truck driver sued Wednesday to block Arizona authorities from seizing large money transfers sent from Illinois and 25 other states targeted because they have significant illegal-immigrant populations.

Arizona officials report that since 2002, they have seized $17 million in a little-known campaign to foil criminal networks that often wire money through Western Union and other firms to help smuggle drugs and illegal immigrants over the Mexican border.
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Reply Thu 19 Oct, 2006 07:14 am
Interesting. I think he'll win. Not so long ago Florida had a campaign of seizing cash if a police officer thought it was related drugs, without charging the owners of the cash with a crime. It was found to be unconstitutional and overturned. It looks like this one will be too.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Thu 19 Oct, 2006 07:20 am
It seems that there's quite a lot money send by immigrants to their native countries.

I don't really know how you tranfer money in the USA, obviously not by a bank?


We do it here with our bank - to any other bank in Germany, Europe or elsewhere. (Germany and EURO-Europe can be done easily online.)

What is the reason for using Western Union et. al.?
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Reply Thu 19 Oct, 2006 07:32 am
People on the poorer end of the economic spectrum here typically deal in cash and do not have bank accounts. Banks usually won't provide services here unless you have an account with them. So immigrants and poor people here use check cashing services and western union to get and move money.
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Walter Hinteler
Reply Thu 19 Oct, 2006 07:39 am
I see. Thanks.

Actually, you literally can't live without a bank account, since you wouldn't get any money at all. And banks must give everyone an account, by law - though they try sometimes not to do it. [The post office bank does it always, even if you have a bad credit line.]
You just can't overdraw the current account.
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