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The Trump administration is ready to roll back Obama-era policies encouraging colleges to look at race during the admissions process, according to a report Tuesday.
The guidelines, meant to promote diversity, laid out legal recommendations that Trump officials argue “mislead schools to believe that legal forms of affirmative action are simpler to achieve than the law allows,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
The article goes on to state the following:
Anurima Bargava, who was in charge of civil rights enforcement in schools at the Justice Department under Obama, told the newspaper that the Trump administration’s move appears to be politically motivated.
“The law on this hasn’t changed, and the Supreme Court has twice ruled reaffirming the importance of diversity,” she said. “This is a purely political attack that benefits nobody.”
The move comes as the Justice Department investigates claims that Harvard University is illegally discriminating against Asian-American students.
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