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Legal Immigrants Sue Wells Fargo for College Loans

Jan 31, 2017 / Media Coverage
With U.S. discrimination against immigrants making world news Monday, noncitizen college students filed a federal class action against Wells Fargo bank, accusing it of refusing them student loans though they are legally in the United States. Mitzie Perez is one of roughly 665,000 residents of the United States who has been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program protects qualified applicants from deportation if they were brought here as children and have clean records. They may apply for and be granted work permits good for two years, which can be renewed. “Wells...
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Wells Fargo sued by DACA student for alleged loan discrimination

Jan 31, 2017 / Media Coverage
A college student and a Latino civil rights group sued Wells Fargo & Co. in federal court in San Francisco for allegedly denying student loans to young immigrants who have deportation deferments. The lawsuit claims the bank "outright refuses to extend loans to individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents." It charges that the alleged policy violates federal civil rights law, California civil rights law and California's unfair business practices law. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Mitzie Perez, a junior at the University of California, Riverside, and the California...
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Mitzie Perez, a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Wells Fargo...

Jan 31, 2017 / Media Coverage
Mitzie Perez , a plaintiff in a lawsuit against Wells Fargo , poses for a photo in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. Perez applied for a student loan from Wells Fargo online to help cover the costs of her education at the University of California, Riverside. She had a Social Security number, license and passport, but was not able to proceed with the loan application after she disclosed she was not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. The suit comes amid concern among immigrant groups that President Donald Trump will cancel Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program as part of a...
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Lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of denying student loans to young immigrants

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit filed Monday accuses banking giant Wells Fargo of illegally denying student loans to young immigrants who are protected from deportation and allowed to work and study in the U.S. under a program created by former President Obama. * * * The young immigrants are in the country illegally but have Social Security numbers and documents that meet bank requirements for identification, but Wells Fargo refuses to give them loans based on their citizenship status, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California by the Los Angeles-based...
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UCR student sues Wells Fargo, saying they denied her a loan because she's a DACA immigrant

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
A UC Riverside student sued Wells Fargo in federal court Monday, saying the bank illegally denied loans to young immigrants who have temporary legal status under an Obama-era program. UCR student Mitzie Perez sought a student loan through Wells Fargo’s website and was denied because she acknowledged that she’s not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, according to the suit filed by the Los Angeles-based Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Perez, the suit’s lead plaintiff, is part of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly...
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Wells Fargo Hit With Bias Suit Over DACA Immigrant Loans

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
Wells Fargo NA refuses to grant loans to those currently protected from deportation under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, in violation of anti-discrimination laws, according to federal putative class action filed Monday by a University of California, Riverside, student. The suit filed Monday in California federal court by plaintiff Mitzie Perez, a third-year undergraduate student from Guatemala, and the California League of United Latin American Citizens states that Perez has authorization to work in the U.S. under the Obama administration program for individuals brought...
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Lawsuit accuses Wells Fargo of denying student loans to young immigrants

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
A lawsuit filed Monday accuses banking giant Wells Fargo of illegally denying student loans to young immigrants who are protected from deportation and allowed to work and study in the U.S. under a program created by former President Obama. * * * The young immigrants are in the country illegally but have Social Security numbers and documents that meet bank requirements for identification, but Wells Fargo refuses to give them loans based on their citizenship status, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California by the Los Angeles-based...
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Demandan a Wells Fargo por negar créditos a inmigrantes

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
El banco Wells Fargo fue acusado en una demanda federal de negar ilegalmente préstamos de estudiante a inmigrantes jóvenes que están amparados de la deportación y tienen permiso para trabajar y estudiar en Estados Unidos gracias a un programa instituido por el expresidente Barack Obama. Wells Fargo dijo en un comunicado que le decepcionaba que los demandantes presentaran una demanda en lugar de buscar una solución con el banco. Los inmigrantes jóvenes tienen números de Seguro Social y documentos que reúnen los requisitos que el banco pide sobre identificación; sin embargo, Wells Fargo les...
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‘Dreamer’ student sues Wells Fargo for discrimination

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
A college student and a Latino civil rights group sued Wells Fargo & Co. in federal court in San Francisco for allegedly denying student loans to young immigrants who have deportation deferments. The lawsuit claims the bank “outright refuses to extend loans to individuals who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.” It charges that the alleged policy violates federal civil rights law, California civil rights law and California’s unfair business practices law. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Mitzie Perez, a junior at the University of California, Riverside, and the California...
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MALDEF Sues Wells Fargo Over Loans to DACA Students

Jan 30, 2017 / Media Coverage
A Latino legal and civil rights organization is suing one of the nation's biggest lenders, alleging it denied loans to qualified applicants based on their immigration status. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the law firm Outten & Golden LLP filed the federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo. In a press release announcing the lawsuit, MALDEF cited the case of Mitzie Perez, a third-year student at the University of California, Riverside. Perez successfully applied to the Obama administration's DACA program, which has allowed young immigrants without legal status...
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