Rescinding Civil Rights Guidance Preventing Discrimination in Housing, Education, Immigration, and Criminal Justiceby NAACP and ACLU Statements July 5, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice announced today that it will rescind 24 guidance documents on a wide range of issues, including juvenile justice, housing discrimination, and racial discrimination in education.
Among the guidance rescinded was information on federal protections based on national origin, laws preventing someone from being denied opportunity based on their ethnic or cultural background. That guidance underscored the seriousness and illegality of that discrimination and encouraged individuals to come forward and report violations. Another clarified under which circumstances juveniles could be held in adult jails and lockups, and what those conditions should look like. Others addressed reducing disparities in the juvenile justice system and the administration of school discipline. And a number of the documents rescinded address Fischer v. University of Texas, a case in which the Supreme Court decided that it is not unconstitutional for colleges and universities to consider increasing racial diversity of its student body in the admissions process.
Faiz Shakir, national political director of the American Civil Liberties Union, had the following response:
“This move from Attorney General Sessions is a concrete signal that there is a war being waged on civil liberties from the highest levels of government. Guidance documents do not make law, but they do clarify and facilitate the law’s implementation.
“This is another attack by Sessions and President Trump on people of color. Our chief law enforcement officer is dismantling structures that prevent racial discrimination in education, in housing, and in ensuring fair treatment of juveniles in our criminal justice system.
“It’s a shameful move, but let there be no mistake — it doesn’t change the law, or the mandate for federal agencies to uphold the Constitution. The ACLU will continue to fight for equality under the law and to protect all civil rights, even as the Justice Department won’t.”
NAACP Statement on Trump Administration’s Move to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance for Schools to Consider Race in Admissions
NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, released the following statement in response to reports that the Trump administration is attempting to rescind Obama Administration guidelines on race in college admissions:
“By encouraging schools to not consider race during the admissions process or potentially in any other circumstance, President Trump is undermining the benefits of diversity in schools and accelerating the socio-economic divide. Rolling back access to quality education for all students is a top priority for this Administration.
The guidelines President Obama put forth in 2011 and 2016 have been upheld by the Supreme Court, and they continue to be an accurate interpretation of how to ensure all students are learning in diverse environments and receiving the quality education they deserve.
It is proven that racial diversity benefits all in academic achievement. Our world is made up of people of many colors, therefore, students should learn and grow in an environment that depicts this reality,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO.