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Biden pulls nomination of Indian Am judge. Drops Yale case

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President Joe Biden moved quickly this week to pull back on moves made during the Trump administration.

In his latest actions, he withdrew the nomination made by President Trump of Vijay Shanker to be a judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in Washington, according to Indian Link.

His Justice Department also dropped its discrimination case against Yale University, reported the American Bazaar.

Shankar is one of 32 nominations, including 17 for judgeships, which were made by Trump, but rescinded by Biden.

The Senate failed to act on the nomination of Shankar before the upper house turned over to Democratic control.

Shankar at the time of his nomination served as Deputy Chief of the appellate criminal division in the Justice Department.

Under the Trump Justice Department, the U.S. had filed a lawsuit charging Yale discriminated against Asian Americans in its admissions. It’s one of many filed charging various universities from Harvard to the University of Texas of discrimination. All have failed.

“The department has dismissed its lawsuit in light of all available facts, circumstances, and legal developments, including the November 2020 decision by the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejecting a challenge to Harvard University’s consideration of race in its admissions practices,” a DOJ spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday reported by the American Bazaar.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice sent a statement to AsamNews about the decision.

“We believed this lawsuit did not have merit from the very beginning. The Justice Department’s decision affirmed
that this lawsuit was clearly about playing politics for the purpose of
dismantling affirmative action, which benefits so many students of color.
Statistics prove that Asian Americans overwhelmingly support affirmative
action and  understand that race-conscious admissions are necessary for
educational equity and diversity in higher education,” Niyati Shah of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles said.

Republican Korean American Rep Michelle Steel of Los Angeles took the opposite side saying shutting the door based on race is wrong.

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