Congressman Tim Ryan Decries Department of Justice Efforts to Attack Affirmative Action

Aug 2, 2017 Issues: Education

Washington, DC - Congressman Tim Ryan released the following statement decrying the Trump Administration's efforts to use the Department of Justice to attack affirmative action policies at colleges and universities across the United States.

"President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have brought the Department of Justice to a new low. Their decision to redirect the Civil Rights Division's resources toward attacking colleges and universities who actively seek to recruit diverse student populations is a travesty, and flies in the face of our laws. This is a blatantly political move with the explicit intent to pit American's against one another. Our goal should be to work towards ensuring that all people - including historically disenfranchised communities -- have an equal shot at the American Dream.  This decision will reduce opportunities for those Americans who are working hard, playing by the rules, and just trying to reach their full potential. Shame on this Administration for turning their backs on these citizens. I call on President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to abandon this reckless venture," said Congressman Ryan.