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DOJ Files Amicus Brief Saying Harvard’s Admissions Policy Violates Civil Rights Law :The U.S. Department of Justice, in an amicus brief filed to a federal appeals court on Tuesday, is arguing against a ruling from last October, which defended Harvard’s use of affirmative action in its admission process.

The DOJ’s amicus brief supports an appeal made by SFFA, three days after the federal court’s ruling in favor of Harvard last fall.

“Race discrimination hurts people and is never benign,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, in the statement about the brief.

“Students for Fair Admissions is grateful the U.S. Department of Justice has formally recognized that Harvard’s admissions policies discriminate against Asian American applicants,” said SFFA President Edward J. Blum to the Crimson in an email.

“DOJ’s amicus brief accurately highlights the emails, depositions, internal studies, data analysis and testimony that SFFA presented to the district court to prove that Harvard’s admissions policies are discriminatory.”Some civil rights activists criticized the DOJ’s move.

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