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Supreme Court takes cases challenging affirmative action in college admissions – World News in Spanish

Pedestrians walk through Harvard Yard on the closed campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., on Monday, April 20, 2020.

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up two cases challenging college admissions policies that consider the race of applicant students, which could jeopardize divisive programs that have been narrowly championed for decades.

The lawsuits against Harvard University and the University of North Carolina argue that admissions policies engage in “racial balance” and discriminate against Asian-American applicants. The lower courts sided with Harvard and UNC, who argued that including race in the applicant review process is a necessary part of fostering diversity in the student body.

The Supreme Court in an order list combined the two cases, which were brought by the group Students for Fair Admissions, and allotted an hour for oral arguments.

The high court’s 6-3 conservative majority could potentially weaken or eliminate the use of race-conscious admissions policies, which in previous cases have been supported primarily by liberal-leaning justices.

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