GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A statement from President Donald Trump is creating confusion about how much of your tax dollars will go to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
When President Trump signed a federal funding measure Friday, he also released a statement questioning whether a funding source for the schools was constitutional.
The last paragraph in his statement lists several programs that Trump says require legal review, including the Capital Financing Program that helps HBCUs get low-cost loans for construction.
The President announced that he would treat the program, "in a manner consistent with the requirement to afford equal protection of the laws under the Due Process Clause of the Constitution's Fifth Amendment."
In short, he was questioning whether benefits given on the "basis of race" live up to the constitution's requirement of equal protection for all people.
However, some education leaders are not worried because the administration had pledged to support HBCUs.
After the President released his statement, the United Negro College Fund asked for clarification. They found, "The paragraph is not intended to indicate any policy change toward HBCUs and that the Administration intends to implement the HBCU Capital Financing Program."
U.S. Representative Alma Adams, D-N.C., also weighed in on Trump's statement. She writes, in part "I am surprised and troubled by Trump's signing statement." She goes on to say, "The President needs to keep his word and prioritize supporting these important institutions."
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