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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

STATEMENT: Rep. Khanna Urges DOJ to Reverse Anti-Affirmative Action Stance

August 3, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement in response to news reports that the Justice Department will prohibit affirmative action in the college admissions process.

“Last year the Supreme Court upheld a decades-long precedent that recognizes affirmative action on college campuses. It is disheartening to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice take steps to reverse policies that bring diversity to our educational institutions and gives students a fair shot at achieving their dreams. Diversity in our communities and in our schools must be supported, not struck down, to do otherwise threatens the democratic ideas of our nation.”

Before being elected to Congress, Rep. Khanna, as part of a pro bono legal team at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, filed an amicus brief on behalf of 13 of the nation's leading social scientists in the case of Abigail Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The brief included research that provided a deeper understanding of how a diverse educational environment benefits all students and society as a whole. The brief also cited studies showing that race-conscious admissions policies like that used by University of Texas result in a more diverse student body, which is essential to produce leaders able to compete in the 21st century global marketplace.

Read the 2012 amicus brief here.

In June 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and upheld the use of affirmative action in college admissions.

About the Office

Congressman Khanna represents the 17th District of California, which covers communities in Silicon Valley. Visit his website at khanna.house.gov. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter @RepRoKhanna.

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