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Nixon. S. Senate, her Gardena plant was raided by agents of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), who arrested 36 undocumented workers. Although the hiring of illegal aliens was not illegal at the time, a great deal of negative publicity was generated by the incident, mostly by labor unions complaining about her hiring practices. Bañuelos refused to withdraw her name from consideration, claiming that the raid had been an attempt to embarrass the president and the Mexican-American community.

For more than 10 years she had been using homemade skin-care creams and lotions made and bottled by a woman who had once hosted a Stanley party; the woman’s father had tanned raw cowhides into soft, supple leather, and she had simply added some fragrant scents to the chemicals he had used. In 1963 Ash paid the woman several thousand dollars for the formulas and rights to the skin-care products, and several thousand more to rent and outfit a small store in downtown Dallas. Calling her business Beauty by Mary Kay, she hired nine of her friends to give facials in the store and in customers’ homes.

As Bañuelos’s business grew, she experienced the frustration of dealing with financial institutions that were not always attuned to the needs of the Hispanic community or cognizant of the abilities of Hispanic entrepreneurs. In 1964 she and several other business leaders of Mexican descent attempted to redress this problem by cofounding the Pan American National Bank, which catered to East Los Angeles’s Mexican-American residents. After serving on the bank’s board of directors for five years, in 1969 she was elected the board’s chairperson and was twice reelected unanimously.

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