Immigrant Advocates Condemn Supreme Court’s End Of Affirmative Action In College Admissions

June 29, 2023

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its own 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger.

This ruling makes affirmative action in college admissions illegal, and bars universities from considering race in admission decisions.

Murad Awawdeh, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition, “The Supreme Court made clear today that they either don’t fully comprehend the appalling impact that systemic racism has on our society or they do know and just don’t care. Their decision to terminate the usage of affirmative action policies in college admissions halts what little progress had been made thus far on campuses and throughout the nation to begin to level the playing field for all Americans regardless of race. The Supreme Court’s decision means that higher education closes the door for many students of color while simultaneously allowing universities to grandfather in the racist policies of previous generations through the legacy admissions system. Denying colleges the right to create intentionally diverse student bodies will be a detriment not only to the students who will be denied a real opportunity to enroll at their college of choice, but also to the many students who will lose out on the shared experiences of navigating cultural and racial differences in an increasingly connected world. The ultimate impact of today’s decision won’t just hurt students of color, but will also reverberate with disastrous consequences throughout our entire society.” 

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC)

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy & advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. The NYIC serves one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The multi-racial and multi-sector NYIC membership base includes grassroots and nonprofit community organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, as well as legal and socioeconomic justice organizations.

The NYIC not only establishes a forum for immigrant groups to voice their concerns, but also provides a platform for collective action to drive positive social change. Since its founding in 1987, the NYIC has evolved into a powerful voice of advocacy by spearheading innovative policies, promoting and protecting the rights of immigrant communities, improving newcomer access to services, developing leadership and capacity, expanding civic participation, and mobilizing member groups to respond to the fluctuating needs of immigrant communities.

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