WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representative Ed Royce (CA-39), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE) opened an investigation into whether Yale University illegally discriminates against Asian-American applicants:
“The decision by the DOJ to investigate another Ivy League school for discriminatory admissions practices validates the complaint filed by 64 Asian-American associations. This disturbing trend of elite universities exercising admission quotas that unambiguously and systemically limit the admission of Asian-American students is indefensible, improper, and immoral. I applaud the administration for continuing this investigation and protecting Asian-American college applicants against any infringements on their constitutional rights or equal protection under the law.”
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 64 Asian-American groups against Harvard University alleging discrimination against Asian-American applicants. That letter can be foundHERE.
On August 30, 2018, the DOJ filed a legal brief in support of the lawsuit accusing Harvard University of limiting the number of Asian-American students. In filing the Statement of Interest, Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided the following statement: “No American should be denied admission to school because of their race. As a recipient of taxpayer dollars, Harvard has a responsibility to conduct its admissions policy without racial discrimination by using meaningful admissions criteria that meet lawful requirements. The Department of Justice has the responsibility to protect the civil rights of the American people. This case is significant because the admissions policies at our colleges and universities are important and must be conducted lawfully.”