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Supreme Court Declines To Block West Point’s Race-Based Admissions Program

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block the U.S. Military Academy from implementing a race-based admissions program that was being challenged by anti-affirmative action groups.

In September 2023, Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) won the landmark case SFFA v. Harvard University, which most recently ruled that universities' race-based admissions practices are unconstitutional. did. sued The U.S. Military Academy, known as “West Point,” was established to put such policies into practice. In court on Friday, I refused On January 27, it filed an emergency application to be barred from participating in the program due to its “record of underdevelopment.” (Related: Student group files emergency petition to Supreme Court over West Point's race-based admissions)

“The petition for a writ of injunction pending appeal filed with Judge Sotomayor and referred to the court by her is denied,” the court wrote in its decision. “The record before this court is undeveloped, and this order should not be construed as expressing any view on the merits of this constitutional issue.”

The plaintiff in this case originally was denied Injunction from Judge Philip Halpern of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Supreme Court's decision means West Point's current admissions process will remain in place.

The lawsuit against West Point is one of two ongoing lawsuits filed by SFFA regarding race-based admissions to service schools. the other one is, suit They played against the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

SFFA President Edward Blum said in a statement to the Daily Caller News Foundation that “young men and women applying to West Point in the near future will have their race used as a factor in whether they are admitted or denied admission. It's unfortunate that it has to happen.” “Each year, this case languishes in discovery, trial, and appeal, which means that our nation's brightest young men and women are categorized, singled out, and favored based not only on ability but also on the color of their skin. are doing.”

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