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Bank Of America Faces Backlash After Freezing Accounts Over Citizenship Questions

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But Paulina Gonzalez, executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition, said banks questioning customers about their citizenship status feeds into “anti immigrant sentiment” already running high in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. Census Bureau announced it was adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census. The move has been challenged in court over concerns that the question might dissuade immigrants from filling cheap Canada Goose out the census, causing an incomplete count.

“First we hear that the buy canada goose jacket cheap Trump administration is adding the Canada Goose Outlet citizenship question to the 2020 Census, and now some banks are requiring this question from customers to maintain a bank account,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “Given the current political climate, it is no wonder that immigrant customers are wary of answering this question.”.

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