Trump administration seeks end to affirmative action in schools

Trump administration seeks end to affirmative action in schools

Trump administration seeks end to affirmative action in schools

The administration's decision comes as a federal lawsuit questioning admissions policies moves forward against Harvard University by Students for Fair Admissions, a conservative-backed not-for-profit led by Edward Blum, who most recently challenged affirmative action at the Supreme Court level in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin in 2016.

"Although today's action does not change any laws, it sends a clear signal that Attorney General Sessions and Secretary DeVos are advancing a vision of America that is particularly hostile to students of color, but that will impact all students".

"The American people deserve to have their voices heard and a government that is accountable to them". The court also has said quotas are illegal, unconstitutional.

"That's wrong, and it's not good government", Sessions said in a statement.

The White House and Justice Department did not reply to a request for comment on the Journal report.

Harvard University's use of race in admissions has come under scrutiny in a federal lawsuit that alleges the school has discriminated against Asian-Americans.

"Harvard will continue to vigorously defend its right, and that of all colleges and universities, to consider race as one factor among many in college admissions, which has been upheld by the Supreme Court for more than 40 years", said Melodie Jackson, a spokeswoman for the university.

The Education and Justice Departments concluded that the Obama documents exceed "plain legal requirements" and are therefore "inconsistent with governing principles for agency guidance documents".

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The rescinded documents cover polices related to right-to-work laws for refugees and asylum seekers; federal protections against national origin discrimination, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Criminal Alien Assistance Program.

And, finally, the court has said that it has to show that there are no race-neutral alternatives available.

"The executive branch can not circumvent Congress or the courts by creating guidance that goes beyond the law and-in some instances-stays on the books for decades", Justice Department spokesperson Devin O'Malley told CNN in a statement.

President Obama's guidelines, put forward in 2011 and 2016, encouraged schools to embrace diversity by presenting them with legal recommendations on how to "avoid racial isolation" in their picking of potential students based on the then administration's interpretation of key Supreme Court affirmative action cases. The case revolves around affirmative action and whether or not states have the right to ban schools from using race as a consideration in school admissions.

The decision was announced in a joint letter by the Department of Education and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Divisions.

Even with Kennedy on the court, affirmative action faced an uncertain future. The Education Department's action forecasts how much is at stake in the upcoming Supreme Court nomination process.

"We need to be making sure we are doing all we can to create opportunities, educational opportunities for all students", Fields said.

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