Justice Dept. to target affirmative action
The Trump administration is planning to investigate whether affirmative action policies at U.S. colleges and universities discriminate against white applicants, The New York Times reported this week. The Justice Department’s civil rights division is currently advertising for lawyers interested in working on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination” in college admissions, according to an internal department announcement—a sign that the administration intends to target programs designed to give minority applicants an edge over other applicants with comparable test scores. The project will reportedly operate out of the civil rights division’s front office, which is staffed by political appointees, rather than by career civil servants.