Biden Administration Asks Supreme Court to Allow Race-Based Admissions at West Point

The Biden administration has urged the Supreme Court to allow the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to continue using racial criteria in its student admissions process, arguing that diversity is a “national security imperative.”

The new brief, filed on Jan. 30, comes after the nation’s highest court struck down the use of affirmative action in admissions at U.S. colleges in June 2023.

That ruling applied to civilian schools, but not to military academies. In a footnote, the court stated that it carved out an exception for military academies due to “potentially distinct” and “compelling interests” related to national security that may affect admissions decisions.

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