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Constitutional protection applies to all American citizens, residents too

I'm writing in response to Silas Montgomery's letter yesterday, "INS registration program increases national security." I must say that I'm deeply saddened by the seemingly prevailing attitude that is summed up in Mr. Montgomery's one statement, "The Constitution only applies to American citizens, not foreigners." [Read article]

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photo Issue of the Week: Race and public university admissions

UM admissions case deals with two issues

The administration's case against the University of Michigan really deals with two different subjects: undergraduate admissions and law school admissions. Judicial precedent ordains that race can be used as a factor in admissions, just so long as applicants are not overtly omitted due to it.

By this criterion, the undergraduate program is truly unconstitutional. It uses a formulaic system to award extra points the equivalent of a full extra point in one's GPA to minority applicants. The law school's policy is much more ethereal, however: It says merely that the university should seek a "critical mass" of minority students. This undefined standard has led to fluctuating minority enrollment and does not legally constitute a quota, which has served as the constitutional litmus test for race-based policies for the past two decades. [Read article]

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