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Government Watchdog Will Investigate Trump Administration on Civil Rights

The independent United States Commission on Civil Rights has approved a two-year investigation into the Trump administration's plans for civil rights enforcement, Politico reports.

The group's announcement cited "grave concerns about continuing signals from the current Administration, including the President’s proposed budget and statements of Cabinet and senior Administration officials, that the protection and fulfillment of civil rights of all persons will not be appropriately prioritized." It also named seven federal organizations, including the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, for which it is "particularly concerned."

The commission—which is authorized by Congress but has no authority to mandate change—plans to review budgets, staffing, management practices, and recent resolution efforts at civil rights offices to finish its assessment by 2019.