Wells Fargo Denies DACA Recipients Auto Loans, Lawsuit Alleges

Jalopnik - Alanis King

A lawsuit seeking class-action status filed in San Francisco federal court alleges that Wells Fargo denies auto loans to non-U.S. citizens who would otherwise qualify, according to a new story from the San Francisco Chronicle. The lawsuit is specifically about people here under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which provides immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 16 with temporary deportation protection, an authorization to work, and the ability to apply for a social-security number. 

The Chronicle reports that the lawsuit alleges discrimination of DACA recipients by Wells Fargo, and it wouldn’t be the first lawsuit against the company alleging discriminatory practices. 

The lawsuit alleges that Eduardo Peña, who came from Mexico as a child and lives in Illinois as a tax manager, was denied a car loan by Wells Fargo and wasn’t provided with an “accurate written explanation” for it. 

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