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Vance, Banks introduce legislation to end racial discrimination in college admissions

The legislation would give penalties to colleges that didn't comply with the SCOTUS affirmative action ruling.

Published: December 5, 2023 9:03pm

Sen. J.D. Vance and Rep. Jim Banks, Republicans, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would ban colleges from using racial discrimination in admissions.

“Universities should accept students based on merit and achievement, not the color of their skin. Race based admissions have divided our country further and we must pull the plug on this unjust social engineering once and for all,” Banks, of Indiana, said in a statement. Senator Vance and my bill would force universities to start respecting basic American principles and stop discriminating against applicants based on their immutable characteristics."

The bill, titled the "College Admissions Accountability Act," would enforce the Supreme Court's ruling of striking down affirmative action in the college emissions process. 

The legislation would give penalties to colleges that didn't comply with the affirmative action ruling, including " ineligibility for federal student assistance and institutional aid."

"Every student in America is entitled to equal protection under the law, regardless of their background," Vance said in an interview with "The Washington Free Beacon." 

"This bill creates the means necessary to enforce the Court's decision and hold colleges and universities accountable for illegal discrimination on the basis of race," he added. 

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