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In 2017, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division said it would devote resources to investigating and suing universities for their affirmative action practices. In line with that initiative, the department later voiced support for a private lawsuit brought against Harvard over similar claims of discrimination, which it also said did harm to Asian and white applicants. A federal judge ultimately ruled in the school’s favor, however the plaintiffs have since appealed the decision.
President Donald Trump’s Justice Department also previously moved to toss out a series of federal guidelines – some implemented under his predecessor, Barack Obama – which encouraged school administrators to “diversify” campuses with race-based affirmative action policies.
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