Trump and his band of unqualified misfits aims to dismantle a division within the Labor Department responsible for enforcing Civil Rights efforts in the Federal Government for over 40 years.
As the White House’s recently proposed new budget cuts, this division has been marked as a target.
As outlined in Labor’s fiscal 2018 plan, the move would fold the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, now home to 600 employees, into another government agency in the name of cost-cutting.
The proposal to dismantle the compliance office comes at a time when the Trump administration is reducing the role of the federal government in fighting discrimination and protecting minorities by cutting budgets, dissolving programs and appointing officials unsympathetic to previous practices.
The new leadership at the Environmental Protection Agency, for instance, has proposed eliminating its environmental justice program, which addresses pollution that poses health threats specifically concentrated in minority communities. The program, in part, offers money and technical help to residents who are confronted with local hazards such as leaking oil tanks or emissions from chemical plants.
Under President Trump’s proposed budget, the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights — which has investigated thousands of complaints of discrimination in school districts across the country and set new standards for how colleges should respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment — would also see significant staffing cuts. Administration officials acknowledge in budget documents that the civil rights office will have to scale back the number of investigations it conducts and limit travel to school districts to carry out its work.
Trump’s administration has worked very hard to reverse Former President Obama’s work. In fact, the admin has been successful in undoing many contributions Obama has made to the LGBT community. Under the Housing and Urban Development Department, Transgender’s choice of segregated housing is also in the process of being revoked by the Trump admin.