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Senator Murray: Today’s announcement “…one more reminder that [Trump’s] Administration is doing everything they can, every day and at every level, to divide communities and undermine our American values”

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, issued the following statement today in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it would rescind current civil rights guidance promoting diversity in education.

“With this latest action, President Trump, Attorney General Sessions, and Secretary DeVos are making it more difficult for colleges and universities to open up doors of opportunity to students and communities who have historically been left behind, and more difficult for them to increase access and diversity in their classrooms, which is something we know helps all students succeed.

“This shouldn’t shock anyone who has been paying attention to what President Trump has said about immigrants, women, people of color, and people with disabilities, or to anyone who has watched what he and Secretary DeVos have done to roll back civil rights enforcement on behalf of survivors of sexual assault, LGBTQ students, and more—but it should be one more reminder that his Administration is doing everything they can, every day and at every level, to divide communities and undermine our American values.”