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Rep. Royce Applauds DOJ for Supporting Asian-American Students Suing Harvard over Discriminatory Admissions Practice

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Washington, September 4, 2018 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This week, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit accusing Harvard University of limiting the number of Asian-American students it admits:

“As a longtime champion of merit-based college admissions, I commend the Justice Department’s brief critical of Harvard University’s admissions practice in the lawsuit brought by Students for Fair Admissions. The discrimination by elite American universities against Asian-American students is wrong and an offense to our Constitution’s 14th Amendment which offers citizens equal protection under the law. I argued against SCA-5 which would have directed public universities in California to prioritize race during the application process. I led my colleagues in contacting the federal government to urge a swift review of this complaint in 2015. The DOJ’s brief confirms our long held suspicions.”


In 2015, Rep. Royce spearheaded a letter to the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Justice requesting the federal government review the complaint filed by over 60 Asian-American groups against Harvard University alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants. That letter can be found HERE

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