Democratic Rep. Susan Davis of the 53rd Congressional District on election night in 2016. Photo by Chris Stone

Rep. Susan Davis on Wednesday criticized a reported plan by the Trump administration to sue colleges and universities whose affirmative action plans discriminate against white students.

“The last thing our colleges and universities need is to be inundated by legal attacks from the Trump administration,” Davis said. “These lawsuits will only force our places of higher learning to divert critical resources toward defending themselves in court and away from educating our children and preparing them to compete in the global economy.”

The New York Times reported Tuesday it had obtained a Justice Department document discussing “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

Davis, who has focused on educational issues in Congress, urged the Justice Department “to abandon this reckless proposal that will only serve to hurt our students and higher education in America.”

The eight-term Congresswoman represents the 53rd District, which includes central San Diego, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Spring Valley and parts of El Cajon and Chula Vista.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.