August 02, 2017

Feinstein: Don’t Divert Funds from DOJ Civil Rights Division

Washington—Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to reports that the Justice Department will investigate affirmative action programs at universities and colleges:

“I’m troubled by reports that the Justice Department may launch a politically-motivated review of college diversity programs in search of discrimination against white applicants. The Supreme Court has repeatedly affirmed that affirmative action plans with the goal of increasing diversity are constitutional.

“Students of all races, colors and creeds deserve an opportunity to go to college. We should do all we can to ensure a fair system for all students.

“Of greater concern is what this and other actions portend for the future of the Justice Department’s esteemed Civil Rights Division under President Trump. The Civil Rights Division, created in 1957 to combat the scars of centuries of discrimination, has been at the forefront of efforts to create a more fair and just society by enforcing some of our nation’s most sacred laws.

“Diverting resources from the Civil Rights Division and undercutting investigations could significantly damage the ability to fulfill its mission. I intend to use my position on the Judiciary Committee to ensure strong oversight in this area.”

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