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>> The US Justice Department on Thursday, taking sides in a heated lawsuit against Harvard University. Backing those who claim the university's admissions policy, through affirmative action, actually puts Asian-American applicants at a disadvantage. Reuters correspondent Nate Raymond explains.>> Essentially, the lawsuit alleges that Harvard is actually discriminating against Asian-Americans, who apply in large numbers to Harvard.
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But are effectively being capped from, according to this lawsuit, from getting in, it's backed by a affirmative action critic named Edward Bloom. Who was previously involved in the last major case that went up to the Supreme Court challenging affirmative action.>> Bloom's group, Students for Fair Admissions, originally files the suit in 2014.
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The lawsuit has been an embarrassment to Harvard. And has revealed secrets of the school's admissions process, that have never been made public before. Harvard saying in a statement, it is quote, deeply disappointed by the Justice Department's decision to intervene. The school's supporters, including the American Civil Liberties Union, calling it an assault on efforts to promote campus diversity.
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The Trump Administration has previously called on colleges to end affirmative action, but that's ultimately in the hands of the nation's top court.>> Many expect that whatever ruling results from the case will get appealed, and could potentially reach the US Supreme Court. Whose makeup has changed, already, quite a bit since 2016.
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So many wonder whether, if this case made it up to the Supreme Court, whether the use of affirmative action in college admissions would be upheld as legal.>> The lawsuit is set to go to trial in October.