Phi Beta Cons

Hispanics and Racial Preferences, Cont.

I greatly appreciate Linda Chavez’s responding to my previous post, but I am not for “purging” Hispanics from American society either, and I must say that that is a rather overheated way of characterizing the position of those who question continued high levels of immigration of a group receiving special preferences.  There is no need to put things at fever pitch. 
Hispanics and blacks are both about the same percentage of the population now.  In the University of Michigan Law School case that figured in Grutter v. Bollinger, which made ”diversity,” or group equality, a fundamental American value, the black and Hispanic portions of the admitted class were each about five percent, I believe.  I do not have overall figures, however, regarding the percentage of each group that receives preferences, and the percentage may well be lower for Hispanics generally, but it is still a violation of the principle of equality before the law and fairness to the individual.  
I also wish to see the elimination of affirmative action but it’s going to be a very difficult task.  Even if at some point the endorsement of affirmative action is removed from the constitution, which would be a great relief, it may well continue as the unofficial policy of most if not all of the top tier colleges, as it did before Grutter.  
Finally, although Chavez has criticized immigration skewed toward a handful of countries, what she says in her most recent article, that current policy means that Hispanics will be a quarter of the population by mid-century, still holds at present. 

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