DOJ Reportedly To Take On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

The NYT has obtained an internal announcement from the Justice Department that shows the Trump administration wants the civil rights division to start investigating university affirmative action admission policies and sue those schools they decide discriminate against white applicants. The DOJ is looking for lawyers who want to work on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions,” the Times reports, and the memo suggests this special project will be run by political appointees in the civil rights division. Supporters and critics of the project agree it is “clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores,” the Times reports.