At a June Senate hearing on high student debt levels at for-profit colleges, civil rights advocate Wade Henderson pointedly criticized what he called the “cruel,” “unjust” and “immoral” attempts by some for-profit colleges to actively recruit low-income minority students with assurances of bettering their lives through college education, the Huffington Post reports.

“The deceptive practices which many of these institutions have employed, the emphasis on recruiting among the most vulnerable and emotionally ill-prepared … this is nothing less than the hijacking of the American dream,” said Henderson, the president and chief executive of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, an advocacy group that has supported stronger regulations for the burgeoning for-profit college industry…

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