Supreme Court Rules Affirms Race Consideration in Admissions

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

US Supreme Court 1935 Washington, DC, USA

In a 4–3 decision the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the University of Texas’ (UT) admissions process, which considers race as a factor in a holistic review of applicants.

This decision is a victory for students who will get a fair shot at an education. We strongly agree with President Obama that this ruling affirms “diversity is an important value in our society and that this country should provide a high-quality education to all our young people regardless of their background.” The Supreme Court’s decision also helps solidify affirmative action’s role in college admissions to create an inclusive campus environment for students.

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Weekly Washington Outlook — June 27, 2016

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

U.S. Capitol 1793-1863 Washington, DC, USA

What to Watch This Week:



The House is in recess, returning Tuesday, July 5.


On Monday, the Senate will consider the nomination of Robert F Rossiter to be U.S. District Judge for the district of Nebraska. On Tuesday, Majority Leader McConnell has scheduled a vote on a vehicle for funding to combat the Zika virus. Later in the week, the Senate will resume consideration of the Commerce-Justice-Science appropriations bill and could vote on a gun-related provision sponsored by Senator Collins (R-Maine). The Senate also plans to vote on PROMESA, House-backed legislation to help Puerto Rico’s financial and humanitarian crisis.

White House:

On Monday, the president will welcome the 2015 WNBA Champions, the Minnesota Lynx, to honor the team and their WNBA championship victory.

On Tuesday, President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.

On Wednesday, the president will travel to Ottawa, Canada for the North American Leaders’ Summit, where he will meet with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada and President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico. While in Ottawa, President Obama will also address a joint session of the Parliament of Canada.

On Thursday and Friday, the president will attend meetings at the White House.

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This Week in Immigration Reform — Week Ending June 24


Week Ending June 24

 This week in immigration: NCLR responds to Supreme Court decision.

Supreme Court keeps Administrative Relief on hold: We at NCLR are deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s 4–4 decision yesterday, which keeps DAPA and expanded DACA on hold. The decision ignores decades of legal precedent and disregards the previous uses of discretionary powers by presidents—leaving millions of American families in immigration limbo. The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation released flyers in English and Spanish for use by community based organizations, available here. For a factsheet in English and Spanish explaining the decision click here.

NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía said, “We are disappointed and heartbroken at this disheartening moment for families who are part of our American fabric and contribute so much to our nation. Not only does it dash the hopes of individuals, but it keeps our country from reaping the rewards of the social and economic contributions these policies encourage. Our community remains steadfast in our commitment to keeping hardworking families together and we will keep fighting for a permanent solution.” 

Janet also appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, where she predicted the ruling will impact the upcoming elections, saying “I do anticipate that we will see a lot more [voter] mobilization efforts happening as a result of this decision.” Watch below:

We will continue to keep fighting because this is personal for us. Some of the news coverage of the decision included poignant reminders that this is about American families that are deeply embedded in our communities and contributing in so many ways to our country. DACA recipient Luba Cortes writes about what it was like growing up with an undocumented mother in the New York Times. DACA recipients and DAPA hopefuls vow to continue the push for reform in the Los Angeles Times. And a Xavier University student from Ohio shares what administrative relief would have meant to his family in the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The Fight for Immigration Relief Is Not Over

Today, in a blow to millions of American families, the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court ruling that blocked the president’s immigration programs, DAPA and DACA+.

Our fight is not over. We will not stop until every member of our community can live in dignity without the fear of being separated. While today’s decision is a setback, we will keep fighting back against anti-immigrant attacks on our families and our communities. Our President and CEO, Janet Murguía, today joined MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to talk about the high court’s ruling and what it means to our community. She also reiterated our commitment to keep fighting for families. Watch the full interview below:

Parent Engagement Is Essential for Latino Youth to Beat Their College Odds

By Catalina Kaiyoorawongs, National Institute for Latino School Leaders Fellow, NCLR


The White House announcement released during the 2011 Latino Heritage Month states, “The Latino community’s ability to thrive is vital to the future of our nation and is critical to our out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building the rest of the world.”

Considering that one in every four newborns in the United States is Latino, innovation and progress can only happen if Latinos themselves progress. In Florida, specifically, Latino students make up 24 percent of the total K–12 student population in Florida.

Yet, only 6.2 percent of full-time college students (both undergraduate and graduate students) in October 2010 were Latino. Only 14 percent of the Latino population 25 and older had obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher in 2010.

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