Trump seeks to sue schools over affirmative action seen to hurt whites


Affirmative action, as it exists in U.S. colleges and universities, aims to eliminate discrimination in the higher education admissions process by recruiting and incentivizing traditionally excluded groups like minority students or women.

The US Supreme Court ruled universities are permitted to use affirmative policies, but institutions are not allowed to go as far as introducing racial quotas.

"It's repulsive and perverse that affirmative action has now found its main adversary in the very arm of DOJ meant to advance progress on civil rights: the Civil Rights Division". Although the Supreme Court upheld the affirmative action program at University of Texas previous year, there are several more pending lawsuits against other universities for similar programs, and it's entirely possible that Trump's Justice Department will issue guidance or otherwise weigh in on them. Since these executive orders, colleges and universities around the country began adopting similar recruitment policies, the National Conference of State Legislators noted.

"I am deeply disheartened that the administration appears to be taking a hard line against efforts to increase campus diversity rather than focusing on addressing the persistent opportunity gaps facing students of color and low-income students", King, who served under Obama, said in a statement.

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The internal document outlining the proposed policy was obtained by the New York Times on Tuesday.

Two sources told The Washington Post that hand-picked Trump appointees will run the project because the career staffers who specialize in education issues refused to take part, saying it was a violation of the DOJ's long-term stance on civil rights in school admission policies.

Center for Equal Opportunity president Robert Clegg, a former top official in the civil rights division during the Reagan administration and the first Bush administration, declared the project a "welcome" and "long overdue" development, reports the Times. Then she learned that the section was reserved for minority students. As a result, political leadership within the department made a decision to run the effort themselves, these people said.

"Affirmative action is rooted in our nation's fundamental commitment to equality, a commitment this administration woefully lacks and has expressed hostility towards", Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., said in response to the change. Both cases allege that race-conscious admissions policies have resulted in discrimination against Asian American applicants.