News Release

UnidosUS: CFPB Rule Repeal Makes Millions of Americans Vulnerable to Predatory Lending

February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed rescinding provisions of the rule governing certain installment loans, including payday and car title loans. The rule the CFPB proposes to repeal had required lenders take into account consumers’ ability to afford and pay back loans once income and expenses of the potential borrower are calculated.

Payday and car title loans often lock consumers in a debt trap because of their inability to pay back high interest-rate loans that accrue hefty late fees—in the case of payday lending. Consumers who are subject to car title loans that they are unable to afford have zero leverage—the lender simply seizes the vehicle if the consumer fails to pay on time. Both industries have made obscene profits by knowingly lending to consumers they know cannot afford to pay in the long term.

“The auto loan and payday lending industry extract billions of dollars a year from many average- to lower-income Americans, driving many into a cycle of debt that’s extremely difficult to get out of and in cases, even into bankruptcy. Latinos and minority communities are particular targets of these unscrupulous lenders, according to Pew Research. For example, 12 percent of African Americans and 6 percent of Hispanics have taken out a payday loan as compared to 4 percent of White Americans,” said Marisabel Torres, Senior Policy Analyst, UnidosUS.

“The CFPB should be in the business of protecting the rights of consumers and not bending to the payday and car title lending industries who only care about their profits. We urge the CFPB to reconsider rescinding a rule that would have served to protect American consumers from risky financial products,” concluded Torres.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact:
Camila Gallardo
cgallardo@unidosus.org
(305) 215-4259