JULY 6, 2019


Schatz to College Board: You’re Underestimating True Costs of College

Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Senator Brian Schatz and 14 senators asked the College Board to change its approach to its annual reports to better reflect the costs of attaining higher education. The College Board is a non-profit organization that promotes higher education preparation and administers standardized tests, including the SAT.

“The College Board’s annual publications, Trends in Student Aid and Trends in College Pricing, are well known to the higher education community and serve as meaningful resources for policymakers and the public. Unfortunately, these reports underestimate the current state of college prices. The College Board can help address college affordability by updating these reports to better reflect the true costs of attaining higher education,” the senators wrote.

The letter also stated the national student loan debt has topped $1.5 trillion, making it the second highest consumer debt category. (Mortgage debt is the first).


U.S. Court Reconsiders Claim that Census Question Discriminates Against Minorities

GREENBELT, MD-- In a new potential block to the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, U.S. District Court Judge George J. Hazel granted a request from Advancing Justice | AAJC (Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC) and MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) to reconsider whether members of the Trump administration conspired with others to intentionally discriminate against Latinos, Asian Americans, and non-citizens when it added a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

John C. Yang, President and Executive Director of Advancing Justice | AAJC, said, “This is a step in the right direction. We are now in a position to show conclusively that the addition of the citizenship question was motivated by racial animus against immigrant communities.”

The motion before Judge Hazel to reconsider his ruling was filed June 3 and follows revelations that a Republican redistricting strategist worked with administration officials to include a citizenship question in the decennial census to unlawfully advantage “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites.”

Advancing Justice | AAJC and MALDEF sued the Trump administration in May 2018 on behalf of Latino and Asian American individuals, Native Americans, social service non-profits, state legislative associations, civil rights groups, voting rights organizations, and community partnerships.?

On April 5, Judge Hazel ruled that the addition of the citizenship question violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the Enumeration Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The court fell short of granting a claim that the administration’s intent was to discriminate against non-citizens and that members of the administration conspired to deprive racial minorities of their constitutional right to equal representation.

Advancing Justice | AAJC and MALDEF filed an appeal on April 14 in the U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit challenging Judge Hazel’s ruling on the question. That appeal is moving forward. Judge Hazel ruled that the new evidence raises “substantial issues” for the Fifth Amendment claim.

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