Throughout the 1970s, an increasing number of Mexican nationals entered illegally into Texas in search of higher-paying jobs and a better life. This influx of immigrants posed significant challenges, especially to the state’s schools and hospitals. In Fort Worth, public school officials refused to enroll the children of these new immigrants and, in 1977, the Ku Klux Klan announced plans to patrol the Texas border, stoking fears of violence.
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When his wife Linda fell and broke her leg, Elliott panicked. With Linda unable to work, how would they make the next mortgage payment? To save their modest home, Elliott took out a $500 “payday” loan. But that small payday loan proved to be a bad decision, if he even had a real choice. One loan led to another and then another. Elliott was forced to take out additional loans, a loan to pay for the last loan. Two years later, he was trapped, paying the lender $450 every two weeks, never able to touch the principal for all the interest.
When the House of Representatives voted on January 2 to pass the much ballyhooed fiscal cliff deal, President Barack Obama appeared on national television to offer a few stern words for his detractors. Toward the end of his statement, Obama called on Democrats and Republicans to work together and not allow the deficit and looming debt ceiling debates to be “so all-consuming all the time that it stops us from meeting a host of other challenges that we face.”
Abortion, homosexuality and church-state separation. These are all issues on which Baptists have made their diverse opinions loudly known to the public. But predatory lending is definitely not an issue that many associate with Baptists. Yet, Baptists in several states have been fighting against the wealthy and powerful multi-billion dollar predatory lending industry in recent years.
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