Looks like another setback for the Trump administration, 19 state attorneys general are now suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for rolling back President Obama’s student loan reforms. Let this be a warning for everyone else in Team Trump: Make a toxic policy decision and you should expect to see the Democrats in court.
These attorneys general are the lead prosecutors in their home states. And now, they’re banding together for the good of the American people to stop DeVos from gutting the American education system once and for all.
Thus, these 19 Democratic bulldogs just filed a complaint in a U.S. District Court to reverse DeVos’ revocation of the Borrower Defense Repayment rule. This Obama-era rule “was designed to hold abusive higher education institutions accountable for cheating students and taxpayers out of billions of dollars in federal loans,” per The Hill.
So when for-profit, predatory schools started asking DeVos to do away with this bill, she was all ears. And by revoking the bill, she screwed over MILLIONS of students who are struggling with student loan debt as it is.
The good news is that the Democrats are going all-in on this fight. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey released a statement EVISCERATING DeVos’ spineless leadership.
“Since day one, Secretary DeVos has sided with for-profit school executives against students and families drowning in unaffordable student loans,” Healey said. “Her decision to cancel vital protections for students and taxpayers is a betrayal of her office’s responsibility and a violation of federal law.”
Julie Murray, a Public Citizen attorney helping to lead the Democrats’ case against DeVos, also released her own statement on the lawsuit. She let the nation know that this betrayal of our vulnerable students and families will not stand.
“Secretary Betsy DeVos has effectively revoked students’ rights under the rule while giving a pass to predatory schools that wield influence with this administration,” Murray said. “We are asking the court to order this administration to implement the rule now, as the law requires.”
But this is Team Trump’s signature brand, really. Screwing over Americans so that the Trump admin can give lucrative handouts to massive corporate entities—for-profit colleges in this case.
Here’s hoping these attorneys general give DeVos a whooping in federal court. The American people are depending on them for justice in these dark days.
Enough is enough. Team Trump needs to answer for their abuses against the American people before too much damage has been done.
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