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SCOTUS ruling that gives right to carry gun in public condemned by Asian American lawmakers

  • Democratic Asian lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants U.S. citizens the right to carry a gun outside the home.
  • In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008.
  • The new interpretation was the result of a New York case in which gun owners sued the state for making it nearly impossible for citizens to obtain a gun license.
  • New York law previously required a person to get a special permit to carry a concealed handgun in public, but the permit would only be granted if the person proved they had a need for a firearm beyond personal protection.
  • Several Democratic Asian American lawmakers took to Twitter to respond to what is the biggest expansion of gun rights in a decade, including Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3), Senator Mazie Hirono (D, HI) and Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6).

Democratic Asian American lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants the right to carry a gun outside the home.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008. 

Sen. Ted Cruz, over 80 GOP legislators call on SCOTUS to end discrimination toward Asian American college applicants

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) published a press release on Monday, detailing a brief that he and 84 legislators filed to the Supreme Court, calling an end to discrimination against Asian American college applicants.
  • Cruz spearheaded the brief with Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R, CA-48), who has consistently denounced higher education institutions’ admission policies that factor in an applicant’s race to promote campus diversity.
  • Legislators argued that “no American should be denied educational opportunities because of race,” citing the rejection of Asian American applicants due to their race by Harvard and the University of North Carolina as unconstitutional.
  • The brief also included a petition to overrule “Grutter v. Bollinger,” based on the landmark case of 2003 in which White law school applicant Barbara Grutter was denied admissions from Michigan Law.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) published a press release on Monday detailing a brief that he and 84 legislators filed to the Supreme Court that calls for an end to discrimination against Asian American college applicants.

Cruz spearheaded the brief with Korean American Congresswoman Michelle Steel (R, CA-48), who has consistently denounced elite higher education institutions’ admission policies that factor in an applicant’s race to promote campus diversity.

Supreme Court declines to block top high school’s admissions policy despite claims it is ‘anti-Asian’

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  • The Supreme Court declined to block a new admissions policy at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) that seeks to improve diversity of its student body by eliminating standardized testing and considering applicant backgrounds.
  • Prior to the implementation of the new policy, Asian Americans composed at least 65% of TJHSST’s new admissions.
  • Coalition for TJ, a group that includes parents of Asian American students, slammed the new system as discriminatory and sued Fairfax County Public Schools, which oversees TJHSST.
  • A federal judge ruled in favor of the coalition in February, but an appeals court stayed the decision, which allowed TJHSST to continue enforcing its new admissions process for another year.
  • The coalition then filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court, maintaining that the new system harms the interests of Asian American applicants.
  • The Supreme Court’s decision precedes similar cases it will hear later this year involving Harvard University and the University of North Carolina.

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to block an elite Virginia high school’s new admissions policy aimed at improving student diversity.

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), one of the nation’s top high schools, eliminated standardized testing and began considering “experience factors” as part of its new admissions criteria in 2020. 

Harvard president defends university after Supreme Court accepts admissions case: ‘race matters’

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  • Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow called the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”
  • "As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.
  • He added that “each of us” is more than “our grades” or “scores.”

Harvard University President Larry S. Bacow spoke out against the Supreme Court’s decision to review a case challenging the school’s use of race in the college admissions process, calling the move a risk to “forty years of legal precedent.”

“As the Supreme Court has recognized many times, race matters in the United States,” Bacow, former chancellor at MIT and president at Tufts, said in a university-wide statement on Tuesday.

Japan’s Supreme Court ‘Legalizes’ Tattoos in Historic Ruling

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The Supreme Court of Japan ruled on Wednesday that tattooing people without a medical license is legal in a historic ruling, according to The Japan Times.

Tattoos in Japan have remained a taboo point of art culture for being associated with members of Yakuza crime syndicates. Even today, many public facilities in Japan like bathhouses or swimming pools will not allow individuals with tattoos to enter.

‘Tiger Mom’s’ Daughter Gets Job Working for Brett Kavanaugh After Mom Calls Him a ‘Mentor to Women’

Yale Law graduate Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, the daughter of “Tiger Mom” Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, is set to work as a law clerk for United States Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh beginning this summer.

Chua-Rubenfeld had been planning to work for Kavanaugh since he served as a federal appeals court judge but was put off when he received his nomination for the Supreme Court. The court has now confirmed that Chua-Rubenfeld will serve as Kavanaugh’s law clerk for a year, ABC reports.

California Teacher Now Teaches Kids About Consent After Kavanaugh Hearing

A third-grade teacher in California created a simple, easy-to-understand chart to explain consent to her students.

Liz Kleinrock, a 31-year-old reading and math teacher at Citizens of the World Charter School Silver, took the time to discuss the timely subject in the wake of the of sexual assault allegations directed at now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court Reverses Infamous Korematsu Decision that Allowed Japanese-American Internment

The United States Supreme Court has finally overturned the infamous Korematsu decision on Japanese-American internment during a hearing that also upheld President Donald Trump’s travel ban, 

In a 6–3 decision in 1944, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the government on the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066, which ordered Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II regardless of citizenship.