The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to block the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from using race as a factor in admission processes.
Fox News reports showed that the Supreme Court rejected a request for emergency relief from Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA), a conservative group that has constantly been against the consideration of race in higher education.
According to Daily Caller, the SFFA sued the military academy last September for its admission policies based on race. The group argued that the policy violates the Fifth Amendment.
The group had asked the court to grant its request for emergency relief by Jan. 31, which is West Point’s application deadline.
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SFFA lawyers criticized the court’s decision in a statement on Friday.
“Should these young Americans bear the burden of West Point’s unchecked racial discrimination?” the lawyers asked. “Or should West Point bear the burden of temporarily complying with the Constitution’s command of racial equality?”
According to court papers, admission to West Point is highly selective, and the academy receives more than 13,000 applications each year for a class of 1,200 cadets. To be considered for admission, an applicant must satisfy several conditions, including passing a fitness test and medical examination and receiving a nomination.
The school also considers race and ethnicity as an additional factor and prefers Black, Hispanic, and Native American applicants.
According to a media outlet, President Joe Biden’s administration claimed that West Point considers race and ethnicity as an additional factor in the stages of the admission process to further the army’s interest in developing a diverse officer corps to meet its national-security mission.
U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar defended the policy in a court filing.
“For more than forty years, our nation’s military leaders have determined that a diverse army officer corps is a national-security imperative,” Prelogar said. “Achieving that diversity requires limited consideration of race in selecting those who join the army as cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The injunction SFFA seeks would force the army to abandon policies that could harm the public interest in national defense.”