Sen. Cruz, Cong. Steel, 80 Colleagues Call on Supreme Court to End Asian-American Discrimination on College Applications

Race-conscious admissions decisions inflict a heavy toll on Asian-American students

Texas Insider Report WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R-Calif.) are leading a bi-cameral group of 82 legislators in filing a “friend of the court” Amicus Curiae brief to the Supreme Court in the cases of Students for Fair Admissions vs. Harvard and the Students for Fair Admissions vs. University of North Carolina, arguing that both schools' Admissions Policies have disenfranchised Asian-Americans. Discrimination occurred when the schools applied racial preferences to segregate the Asian-American applicants, their filing states, despite their having superior GPAs and Standardized Test Scores.

In the brief, the Legislators wrote:
"Harvard College and the University of North Carolina indisputably use race as an important consideration in deciding whom to admit. Record evidence suggests, in fact, that the challenged admissions policies may strive for racial balancing — an aim that is unconstitutional on its face.

"Race-conscious admissions decisions inflict a heavy toll on Asian-American students. Treating them differently because of their race is a stark departure from equal protection decisions issued early on by this Court, which guarded Asian immigrants from racial prejudice.

"And the burdens imposed on petitioner illustrate a wider trend. Asian-Americans are increasingly victimized by discriminatory practices."

  • Read the complete brief here.
The Senators joining Sen. Cruz were:
  1. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  2. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
  3. John Boozman (R-Ark.)
  4. John Cornyn (R-Texas)
  5. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.)
  6. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.)
  7. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.)
  8. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
  9. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.)
  10. John Kennedy (R-La.)
  11. Mike Lee (R-Utah)
  12. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), and
  13. Rick Scott (R-Fla.)
The representatives joining Rep. Steel were:
  1. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)
  2. Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)
  3. Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.)
  4. Rick W. Allen (R-Ga.)
  5. Jim Banks (R-Ind.)
  6. Jack Bergman (R-Mich.)
  7. Stephanie Bice (R-Okla.)
  8. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.)
  9. Ted Budd (R-N.C.)
  10. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-Texas)
  11. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.)
  12. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio)
  13. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.)
  14. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.)
  15. Jake Ellzey (R-Texas)
  16. Ron Estes (R-Kan.)
  17. Pat Fallon (R-Texas)
  18. Scott Franklin (R-Fla.)
  19. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.)
  20. Mike Garcia (R-Calif.)
  21. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio)
  22. Carlos A. Gimenez (R-Fla.)
  23. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
  24. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas)
  25. Bob Good (R-Va.)
  26. Mark E. Green, M.D. (R-Tenn.)
  27. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.)
  28. Michael Guest (R-Miss.)
  29. Diana Harshbarger (R-Tenn.)
  30. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.)
  31. Jody Hice (R-Ga.)
  32. Bill Huizenga (R-Mich.)
  33. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.)
  34. Ronny L. Jackson (R-Texas)
  35. Chris Jacobs (R-N.Y.)
  36. Mike Johnson (R-La.)
  37. Young Kim (R-Calif.)
  38. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.)
  39. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.)
  40. Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.)
  41. Julia Letlow (R-La.)
  42. Billy Long (R-Mo.)
  43. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.)
  44. Brian Mast (R-Fla.)
  45. Lisa McClain (R-Mich.)
  46. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
  47. David McKinley (R-W.V.)
  48. Carol D. Miller (R-W.V.)
  49. Mary E. Miller (R-Ill.)
  50. Mariannette J. Miller-Meeks, M.D. (R-Iowa)
  51. John R. Moolenaar (R-Mich.)
  52. Gregory F. Murphy, M.D. (R-N.C.)
  53. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.)
  54. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.)
  55. Burgess Owens (R-Utah)
  56. Scott Perry (R-Pa.)
  57. August Pfluger (R-Texas)
  58. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.)
  59. John Rose (R-Tenn.)
  60. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.)
  61. Jason Smith (R-Mo.)
  62. Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.)
  63. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.)
  64. William Timmons (R-S.C.)
  65. David G. Valadao (R-Calif.)
  66. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), and
  67. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.)