The ability of Asian Americans to come to America and ‘pursue their dreams’ is at stake in a closely watched college admissions case before the Supreme Court that is due to be heard next week, according to US lawmakers. of Asian descent.
The Supreme Court will hear two cases on Monday that focus on alleged policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that ‘penalize Asian American applicants’ and use ‘race as a bias factor’. admission”. The court is expected to issue a decision in 2023.
Rep. Young Kim, R-California, is an Asian American leader in Congress on the subject. She told Fox News Digital in an interview this week that the “American dream” was being crushed by Harvard’s “unfair” admissions processes.
“Racial-based admissions standards at Harvard unfairly disadvantage top-performing students, and these policies run counter to our American values and divide us as a nation,” said Kim, who said she would continue to share his community’s perspective on the matter.
“All students should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and they should be charged on their merits and not discriminated against because of their race or background,” Kim said.
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“My family came [to the U.S.] to give me the opportunity to go to school,” Kim said, noting that she is only one of two people in her entire family with a college education. “And that gave me a starting point to achieve the American dream.”
“So I hope my story resonates with people,” Kim said, noting that the sweeping admissions policies of some colleges, including Harvard and UNC, “make the American dream out of reach because of these disconnected policies. “.
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“Since 1996, I have worked to end these policies that only harm students and our future leaders,” Rep. Michelle Steel, R-California, told Fox News Digital.
“Shutting the door on candidates based on their race is wrong, and that’s why I led 80 of my congressional colleagues in an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to fix these decades-old policies and end the use of race in admissions processes. I hope more students in the future will have the same opportunity to achieve their own American dream,” she said.
In addition to leading an amicus brief with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the California Republican introduced the “Harvard Act,” which would hold institutions of higher learning accountable for using personality traits as a factor. admission key.
The bill would require colleges to publicly acknowledge their use of personality traits in admissions, making them readily available on their application materials and websites. It would also require an explanation as to why they use these traits and the criteria and standards used in assessments of prospective students.
Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., and Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment on the impact of the Supreme Court case.
The Biden administration’s Justice Department had urged the Supreme Court not to take up the Harvard case. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar cited previous decisions and lower courts that have upheld Harvard and allow a college applicant’s race to be used as an admissions factor. Biden’s Justice Department also dropped a similar case against Yale University’s admissions practices just after Biden took office.
Harvard and UNC argue that their use of race in admissions is appropriate and does not discriminate against Asian Americans.
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A new poll released by the Washington Post last week shows that 63% of American adults surveyed support banning race from consideration in college admissions.
Fox News reported that Asian Americans are the fastest growing group of eligible voters in the country, which could impact the rapidly approaching midterm elections.
“Asian Americans should never be discriminated against, period. Admissions policies that allow discrimination against Asian American students cause irreparable harm to families trying to achieve the dream American,” Republican National Committee spokesperson and director of U.S. Asia-Pacific media Nainoa Johsens told Fox News Digital.
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“Academic merit should be the sole factor for admission to school and allowing race to play a role is divisive and wrong. Republicans represent parents, students, and merit-based admissions that help students reach their potential. Republicans across the country are fighting and winning to end anti-Asian racism in school admissions,” Johsens continued.
Over the past four years, the number of Asian American voters has increased by about one million — a 9% increase, making this demographic the fastest growing group, according to the Pew Research Center. .
A spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on the Harvard case.
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Previously, the DNC said the Democratic Party sees the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community as a key medium-term target.
“The DNC has invested significantly in cross-platform outreach to Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities ahead of the 2022 midpoints,” a DNC spokesperson told Fox News Digital in May. “Asian Americans – the fastest growing coalition group – comprise more than 23 million citizens and more than 50 ethnic groups, and are central to our efforts to protect and expand our Democratic majorities.”
Fox News’ Gabrielle Reyes contributed to this report.