Trump Administration Must End Attack on Civil Rights Enforcement

Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, issued the following statement on reports that the Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to issue a proposed rule to amend the agency’s “disparate impact” regulations that provide anti-discrimination protections to people of color, women, and others:

“This reported proposed HUD rule is yet another example of this administration’s ongoing mission to undermine our civil rights laws and protections. Disparate impact theory, which recognizes that unlawful discrimination can occur through a policy’s unjustified effect, has been repeatedly validated by the courts. If this rule goes into effect, millions of people in America will be more vulnerable to housing discrimination and will have fewer tools to challenge it. Everyone, no matter who they are or what their color, should be able to rent or own a home. Unlawful discrimination can happen whether or not a policy has a discriminatory intent. Policies like disparate impact help us to address that kind of discrimination and are crucial to ensuring equal opportunity in our country. The Trump administration must abandon its ongoing assault on civil rights enforcement and abandon this reported proposed rule.”

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