When it comes to the challenge to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, Texas is trying to run out the clock. Luckily for the Administration and for the five million individuals whose lives are in limbo, there really is no clock.
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Next month, the Supreme Court will consider Sue Evenwel’s bid to change the way state and local governments draw election districts. Demanding that state and local governments across the nation change the way they draw legislative lines, Evenwel argues that it is unconstitutional for states to draw districts based on total population, creating districts of substantially equal numbers of people.
On Monday, Constitutional Accountability Center filed an amici curiae brief in the Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas, urging the Court to reaffirm that the Fourteenth Amendment permits the sensitive use of race to foster equality in education and to uphold the University of Texas’s use of race as one factor among many in its holistic admissions policy. Our brief, filed on behalf of CAC and six of the nation’s most prominent constitutional scholars—Bruce Ackerman, Jack Balkin, Burt Neuborne, James Ryan, Eric Schnapper, and Adam Winkler—demonstrates that the text and history of the Fourteenth Amendment permit the government to take race into account in certain circumstances in order to ensure equality of opportunity for all persons regardless of race.