The Department of Justice is reportedly planning to sue universities for their affirmative action policies deemed discriminatory against white student applicants, The Daily Caller reports.
The New York Times obtained a memo from the agency’s civil rights division stating they are looking for lawyers interested in a new initiative that includes investigating colleges and universities over “intentional race-based discrimination” in their admission policies.
The Times said that the aim of the initiative is to identify and litigate against policies which puts white applicants at a disadvantage.
Although the memo did not specify whom the DOJ considers at risk of discrimination, the term “intentional race-based discrimination” implies programs designed to accept more minority students to university campuses, according to the report.
The newspaper said the move signals President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are leading the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward a more conservative direction.
Previous efforts to end discriminatory admission policies against whites have not ended successfully such as in the case of Abigail Fisher against the University of Texas at Austin.