While the Democrats and Republicans on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees spent Wednesday grilling former special counsel Robert Mueller, over at the House Financial Services Committee member Rep. Sean Duffy spent it excoriating SunTrust Banks CEO William H. Rogers Jr.
Duffy’s beef with Rogers lay with the CEO’s decision earlier this month to terminate SunTrust’s business relationships with the companies that run illegal alien detention facilities on behalf of the U.S. federal government.
WE ARE WINNING!!! @SunTrust will no longer bank the private prison industry, which profits from the detention of families!! Thanks to over 100 orgs pushing together. #FamiliesBelongTogether #ProtectFamilies https://t.co/sDt1vg09hD
— Popular Democracy (@popdemoc) July 9, 2019
“Following an ongoing and deliberate process, SunTrust has decided not to provide future financing to companies that manage private prisons and immigration holding facilities,” the bank said in a statement at the time. “This decision was made after extensive consideration of the views of our stakeholders on this deeply complex issue.”
The decision coincided with the far-left’s abrupt outrage over President Donald Trump’s immigration policies and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s illegal alien detention facilities, which were faultlessly described at time by liberal Democrats as “concentration camps.”
Dovetailing back to the hearing Wednesday, Duffy began his interrogation of Rogers by asking the SunTrust CEO whether his company’s newfound policy is fair.
Watch the confrontation below:
“You have policies in your bank that say, ‘If we have detention facilities that are caring for children or detaining individuals who we may not know who they are following American law … I’m not going to bank them.’ Is that fair?” the Wisconsin congressman asked.
“We consider a variety of factors …,” Rogers replied.
“Is it fair?” Duffy continued pressing, only to be hit with the same non-answer answer. “Is it fair? Let me ask you, do you think that detention facilities are concentration camps? Yes or no?”
“I’ve never used that characterization,” the CEO replied.
“How about ICE? Are ICE Nazis?” the congressman pressed.
Congressional Democrats have also posited grossly false equivalences between the federal government’s detention of illegal aliens and the Nazis murder of six+ million Jews.
ICE are Nazi’s now. Can someone admonish this piece of garbage? Ocrazio is clueless.’I don’t use those words lightly’: AOC compares US southern border to the Holocaust https://t.co/Hwf2DfQNBt
— Stanley Moldenhauer (@StanleyMoldenh1) June 18, 2019
“I’ve never used that characterization,” the CEO replied, repeating his previous statement verbatim.
“So you have ICE and you have some of their contractors that are following American law, and … you’re like, ‘I want open borders. I don’t want us to detain anyone in America. Open borders. Let everyone come in without any process.’ Is that your position at SunTrust?”
The evidence suggests this is indeed the bank’s position, though Rogers denied it.
“Representative, we’re not taking a social position. … Representative, we consider a variety of different factors in reaching those conclusions related to the status of that business, the credit worthiness, the survivability of those businesses,” he said.
Duffy was not convinced.
“You are taking a social position when you say you won’t bank detention facilities,” he declared. “So a contract with the U.S. government, you don’t think is a good risk? You’re making a social policy judgment, and you’re saying, because I was protested, or because I have a social viewpoint, I’m not going to bank a detention facility that, by the way, some of them hold minors, and we don’t know where to send these children.”
“We have to wait and find an adult who will take the child. Do you want us to send them on to the streets? And you say, ‘No, no, I’m not going to fund a detention facility that might hold kids before we can find an adult to take the child. That’s opposed to our social policy.’ Or, ‘I don’t know who’s come in — are they terrorists, are they drug dealers, are they gang members? We don’t want America to hold them. We want them released in our communities.’ That’s the position of your bank, and that concerns me.”
That’s certainly the position of the far-left, whose members have made it clear they want the Department of Homeland Security abolished altogether and the detention and deportation of illegal aliens stopped permanently. This would in turn essentially make America an open-borders nation.
The Dept. of Homeland Security has been invaluable to our country’s safety since it was created after the 9/11 attacks. ICE & CBP agents risk their lives to keep us safe while Dems sit in their comfy offices & attack them. It’s shameful. https://t.co/1RNIGR4yrO
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) July 10, 2019
And by taking the far-left’s side, SunTrust has, it would appear, decided that it too wants America to be an open-borders nation that prioritizes the concerns of illegal aliens over those of the country’s rightful citizens. And well, if this is the hill the bank wants to die on, then good luck …
So @SunTrust would rather ICE put the kids on the street, then for ICE to make sure they are safe. I will never do business with #SunTrust & I hope every AMERICAN will follow. They claim they are not taking a position but that’s exactly what they are doing!! #BoycottSunTrust https://t.co/7yJ7Om8t5D
— Melissa Stout KS deplorable ❌ (@MelissaStout12) July 25, 2019
WOW @SunTrust‼️ I Will Be Heading 2 My Local @AskSunTrust Bank TODAY & CLOSING Both Accounts‼️And as SOON as My CD is Up 4 Renewal, I Will Be Moving it TOO‼️GOP Rep Slams Bank CEO for Refusing Business to Detention Facilities That Care for Migrant Children https://t.co/9AucLZkxIV
— ❌ #1Fan ❌ 4 Daddy TRUMP (@BlueAngel3939) July 25, 2019
Mark Suntrust off my list ❌
— JJ Juarez (@JamesJ35773851) July 25, 2019
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