US Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher urges Donald Trump administration to end discrimination against Asian-American students

An influential Republican lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Trump administration to bring an end to discrimination against Asian-American students applying for admission to higher educational institutions in the US.

Press Trust of India October 25, 2018 09:21:05 IST
US Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher urges Donald Trump administration to end discrimination against Asian-American students

Washington: An influential Republican lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Trump administration to bring an end to discrimination against Asian-American students applying for admission to higher educational institutions in the US.

Congressman Dana Rohrabacher wrote a letter in this regard to the Education Secretary Betsy De Vos in the wake of the ongoing court case against the prestigious Harvard University.

US Republican lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher urges Donald Trump administration to end discrimination against AsianAmerican students

File photo of US lawmaker Dana Rohrabacher. Reuters

"It is disheartening that the issue of discrimination against Asian-Americans in higher education is once again making headlines," he said.

"Allegations that Harvard University's use of race in its admissions process limits the number of Asian-Americans who are accepted is a sobering reminder that we have a long way to go to ensure that race is not used as criteria for academic opportunities," Rohrabacher wrote.

"Efforts to achieve a specific level of racial diversity inevitably costs some who are well-qualified for admission to be deprived of something they earned," he said.

Rohrabacher said it is critical that they get to the bottom of this so that applicants of any race or ethnic origin will be judged based on their merits rather than their ethnicity or skin color.

Students for Fair Admissions, an action group, has filed a lawsuit against the Harvard University, alleging that the 388-year-old institution treats Asian-Americans unfairly in its admissions process. Asian-Americans are held to higher standards than other groups, it claimed.

As per the lawsuit, the prestigious university racially discriminated against Asian-American students by rating them lower than others applicants on traits like "positive personality,"

The group commissioned an analysis of admission data of more than 160,000 applicants who applied for admission from 2000 to 2015, which showed that Asians were given lower scores on "personality" traits — likability, courage, kindness and being "widely respected".

Updated Date:

also read

Capitol Riot hearing: Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue false election fraud claims
World

Capitol Riot hearing: Donald Trump hounded the Justice Department to pursue false election fraud claims

Three Trump-era Justice Department officials recounted persistent badgering from the president, including day after day of directives to chase baseless allegations that the election won by Democrat Joe Biden had been stolen

Capitol Riots case: 6 January panel to hear of Donald Trump's pressure on Justice Department
World

Capitol Riots case: 6 January panel to hear of Donald Trump's pressure on Justice Department

The hearing will bring attention to a memorably turbulent stretch at the department as Trump in his final days in office sought to bend to his will a law enforcement agency that has long cherished its independence from the White House

US Capitol Riot panel: More witnesses come forward with evidence against former President Donald Trump
World

US Capitol Riot panel: More witnesses come forward with evidence against former President Donald Trump

The committee has been intensifying its year-long investigation into the 6 January attack and Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election