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Trump administration backs Asian-Americans suing Harvard over its affirmative action admissions policy

In a major boost for a group of Asian-Americans suing Harvard University over its affirmative action admissions policy, the Trump administration on Thursday signaled its support of a federal lawsuit against the university and contended that it illegally discriminates against Asian applicants in favor of whites.

The move by the Justice Department is the latest sign in what many civil rights groups contend is the administration's mounting attack on long-standing practices in which Harvard and other universities have used race as a factor in choosing who attends elite public and private schools.

The suit, filed by Students for Fair Admissions on behalf of Asian-Americans who have been rejected from Harvard, is seen as a bellwether case that could reach the Supreme Court and potentially

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