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Asian-Americans suing Harvard win Justice Department's support

Statement backs claims of anti-Asian bias in school's 'personal rating' system

Asian-American demonstrators hold a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court as a case on affirmative action in university admissions against the University of Texas is heard by the court in Washington in 2015.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration has thrown its weight behind a nonprofit group suing Harvard University in federal court, filing a document backing Students for Fair Admissions' charge that the school discriminates against Asian-American applicants.

"As a condition of receiving millions of dollars in taxpayer funding every year, Harvard specifically agrees to not discriminate on the basis of race in its admissions decisions," the Justice Department said in a Thursday announcement. "However, the students and parents who brought this suit have presented compelling evidence that Harvard's use of race unlawfully discriminates against Asian-Americans. In today's filing, the United States urges the court to grant the plaintiffs the opportunity to prove these claims at trial."

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