Justice Department to challenge universities over alleged discrimination against whites

Donald Trump sits with U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions at Trump Tower in Manhattan New York

Overnight, The New York Times is reporting that the Justice Department is working on a plan to investigate and potentially sue universities for admission policies that are found to discriminate against white applicants. To make things even more clear, the effort is not going to be run by the civil rights division's Educational Opportunities Section, which is staffed by civil servants who actually do things like deal regularly with colleges.

Details on which affirmative action admissions policies the Trump administration would go after and sue over are thin, but the new affirmative action project could address any advantage black and Latino students are given over non-minority applicants that have similar or higher test scores.

A Justice Department official said the document obtained by the Times was a personnel posting.

The Department of Justice did not return a request for comment.

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Blum adds that he thinks the most encouraging recent development on affirmative action came just after the Fisher decision last summer, when Gallup released poll results showing 70 percent of Americans said thought students should be accepted to colleges based exclusively on merit.

Roger Clegg, president of the conservative Center for Equal Opportunity who served as a civil rights division official in previous administrations, told the Times the project was a "welcome" and "long overdue" development as the United States becomes increasingly multiracial.

Tiven blasted the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions over new reports revealing plans to undermine and attack affirmative action policies.

The document does not explicitly say which groups are considered at risk for discrimination, but it's widely understood the the Justice Department intends to go after affirmative action policies meant to bring more minority students to campus. The Supreme Court has ruled that the educational benefits of a diverse student body justify using race as one factor among many, but have rejected racial quotas or points-based systems as unconstitutional.

CHARLIE ROSE: The New York Times says the Justice Department is preparing to take on Affirmative Action in college admissions. Two-thirds of Americans - and 57 percent of African Americans - don't believe that race or ethnicity should be considered in college admissions, according to a 2016 Gallup poll. Well then, I've little doubt this is the strategy the Trump administration will pursue, and just in the nick of time seeing as much of the country is still busy feeling relieved over millions of people not being forced off their health insurance, for now. The university explained its view of the importance of maintaining diversity in admissions in an amicus brief filed in the most recent Supreme Court case, Fisher v. University of Texas.



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