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Affirmative Action ban upheld, local lawmakers react

Affirmative Action ban upheld, local lawmakers react

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - (05/02/14) - The justices of the Supreme Court have spoken: in a 6-2 ruling, they upheld a decision Michigan voters approved, to prohibit race from being considered for admission into state colleges and universities.

“What the Supreme Court did was really say, 'This is up to the voters of the state, this is up to the political process,’” said Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI).

Camp said he respects the high court's ruling. He said it is a state issue, and most voters agreed a ban on affirmative action is what they wanted.

"The law is what the Supreme Court says it is, and the Supreme Court said what Michigan's ballot initiative, which ended up in a Constitutional Amendment, was OK,” Camp said.

Michigan Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) is disappointed with the ruling. He said it could change the experience students have in college.

“One of the things that these affirmative action goals were able to do was to ensure diversity in that University setting and unfortunately, we're going to lose some of that,” he said.

Kildee said banning the practice will lead to lower enrollment of minority students – and that would affect not just those students, but also the students who will miss out on part of the higher-education experience.

“The notion of University is not just to sit in front of a professor and have them tell you things, but be in a setting that is multicultural, that is really diverse,” Kildee said.

Seven other states have bans on affirmative action similar to the one in Michigan. The Supreme Court's recent ruling effectively upholds the bans in those states as well.
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