Class action on behalf of DACA recipients and other immigrants for lending discrimination

On March 6, 2017, six individuals and the California League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC) filed an Amended Class Action Complaint against Wells Fargo in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco Division, on behalf of all persons who were denied the right to contract for a college student loan or other financial products by Wells Fargo because of their citizenship (alienage) or immigration status in violation of Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act of 1866, Sections 51(b) and 51.5 of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and Section 17200 et seq. of the California Unfair Competition Law. On April 7, 2017, Wells Fargo filed a motion to dismiss. On May 3, 2017, Plaintiffs filed their opposition to Wells Fargo’s motion. The Court has set a hearing on Wells Fargo’s motion for June 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

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Factual Allegations & Background

Wells Fargo is an American multinational banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California.  It is the fourth largest bank in the United States.  According to Plaintiffs, Wells Fargo’s refusal to offer Plaintiff Mitzie Perez and other non-citizens, including DACA recipients, who are members of California LULAC an opportunity to contract for private loans because of its arbitrary citizenship requirements is a violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act and Unfair Competition Law.  USCIS has approved over 1.3 million initial and renewal requests for DACA, and there are thousands of people who do not meet Wells Fargo’s citizenship status requirements.

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