Biden DOJ drops trial claiming Yale discriminates against white and Asian students
The Justice Department on Wednesday dropped a Trump-era lawsuit alleging that Yale University had discriminated against white and Asian candidates, moving away from former President Donald Trump’s fight against college affirmative action policies.
The DOJ filed for dismissal in federal court in Connecticut, ending a four-month legal gambit claiming Yale admissions officers disadvantaged white and Asian students by placing too much weight on the applicants’ race.
A DOJ spokesperson said Forbes its decision was taken “in the light of all available facts, circumstances and legal developments”, including a decision of the court of appeal last november who concluded that Harvard University’s use of the breed in admissions was legal.
Federal officials will continue a three-year survey in Yale’s admissions practices, but they no longer allege that the school violated civil rights laws, the DOJ said.
Yale spokesperson Karen Peart said Forbes the school is “happy” with the DOJ’s decision, arguing that the school’s admission policies comply with federal law.
The Trump administration’s lawsuit sought to ban Yale from using race as an admission factor in the future. He claimed Yale efforts to admit that a racially diverse student body has resulted in stricter admission standards for white and Asian students than for their black and Hispanic peers, a Justice Department practice said that “builds on and strengthens harmful racial stereotypes ”. Meanwhile, Yale said its admissions policies are “completely fair and legal” and contends that it uses race as a restricted tool to encourage diversity, not as a deciding factor.
About six months after taking office, Trump unveiled far-reaching plans to prosecute colleges whose admissions policies use affirmative action. Yale was the most high-profile trial conducted by the DOJ, but the federal government also supported a similar lawsuit against an advocacy group’s Harvard. Affirmative action has withstood years of political controversy, with federal courts generally allowing running play a limited role in college admissions, but some observers believes Trump was aiming for the courts to ban the practice altogether.
While the Biden administration may not continue Trump’s legal fight against affirmative action, similar lawsuits by independent groups – like the one against Harvard – could continue.
DOJ is also seeks to reject two pending Supreme Court cases from the Trump administration since the Biden administration decided to end the initiatives in question: one challenged Trump’s attempts to use Defense Department funds to build a US-Mexican border wall, and another called into question the Trump era. asylum policy in Mexico ”.