June 24, 2016
By: Daniella Soloway
Following the death of Justice Scalia and with a presidential election around the corner, the Supreme Court has been very busy with decisions of late.
Here’s a quick recap of two major decisions that happened this past week, concerning two imperative topics in America- immigration and education.
Obama’s Immigration Plan
Case: United States v. Texas, No. 15-674
Issue: Executive action to allow as many as five million undocumented immigrants (with children who are citizens or lawful permanent residents) to be safe from deportation and allowed to legally work in the U.S.
Program Name: Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA)
Ruling:- 4-4 deadlock
Case: Fischer v University of Texas, No. 14-981
Issue: Abigail Fischer applied to University of Texas for the 2008 Freshman class. The University administers two components to accept undergraduates:
- Any student in the top 10% of their Texas high school receives admission under the State’s Top Ten Percent Law
- The remaining roughly 25% of accepted admissions concern an applicant’s “Academic Index,” including SAT scores, GPA, and a “Personal Achievement Index” which contains factors that includes race
Abigail Fischer, not in the top 10% and considered Caucasian, filed a suit against the university saying that consideration of race “disadvantaged her.”
Ruling:- 4-3, upholds affirmative action