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The Fate of Affirmative Action Programs for Latinos May be Determined by the End this Month

Written by Parriva — June 20, 2023
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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to decide by the end of this month the fate of race-conscious collegiate admission policies, one of the major disputes – also including cases involving LGBT rights and student debt forgiveness – still yet to be resolved as the justices speed towards the end of their current term.

The court’s conservative justices, who hold a 6-3 majority, signaled skepticism during oral arguments in December toward the legality of student admissions policies employed by Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. The pending rulings concerning the two elite schools could end affirmative action programs that have been used by many U.S. colleges and universities for decades to increase their numbers of Black, Hispanic and other underrepresented minority students.

The conservative justices a year ago wrapped up a watershed term in which the court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that had legalized abortion nationwide – a decision that opened the door to a series of state bans on the procedure – and expanded gun rights.

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