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One of America's most controversial issues is back in the news. Amid racial protest on campuses across the nation, the US Supreme Court will take up race-based affirmative action in admission to public colleges and universities. The hearing's tomorrow. Are there other ways of creating the campus diversity regarded as essential to higher education?  

Later on the program, if the US were to ban immigrants for racial and religious reasons, it would not be the first time. We hear about the unintended consequences of such policies in American history.  

Photo: The Texas Union at the University of Texas at Austin (Guðsþegn)

World Condemns Trump’s Proposed Ban on Muslims 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump’s latest grab for national headlines has outraged leaders around the world, but Trump himself is unapologetic. This morning with George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America, Trump defended his stance. "(W)hat I'm doing is no different than what FDR – FDR's solution for Germans, Italians, Japanese, you know...many years ago."'

House Speaker Paul Ryan rejected Trump's latest proposal, "What was proposed yesterday was not what this country stands for and more importantly, it's not what this country stands for." White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that Trump's comments yesterday disqualify him from serving as President, adding, "For Republican candidates for president to stand by their pledge to support Mr. Trump, that in and of itself is disqualifying."

Ed Luce, columnist for the Financial Times, has more.

Ed Luce, Financial Times (@EdwardGLuce)

Does Affirmative Action Have a Future? 33 MIN, 7 SEC

Tomorrow, the US Supreme Court will take another look at making race and ethnicity part of admissions to elite public colleges and universities. It's the second time the court will review the claim of a white woman, Abigail Fisher, who in 2008 sued the University of Texas at Austin for racial discrimination — claiming that she was rejected in favor of minority applicants less academically qualified. The justices have a history of eroding affirmative action, and supporters of partially race-based admissions are not expecting good news. Are there other ways of creating the campus diversity regarded as essential to higher education?

Greg Stohr, Bloomberg News (@GregStohr)
Monique Lin-Luse, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (@mlinluse)
Gail Heriot, University of San Diego / US Commission on Civil Rights (@GailHeriot)
Denea Joseph, UCLA
Richard Kahlenberg, Century Foundation (@rickkahlenberg)

Stohr on university affirmative action getting another US Supreme Court review

The History Lessons of Xenophobia 10 MIN, 13 SEC

 Donald Trump is right about one thing.  Calls for banning racial or ethnic groups from the country are nothing new.  Imagine a travel and immigration ban against immigrants from the Arabian Peninsula to Indonesia, covering much of the Muslim World -- all in the interests of the health of the country and national security.  That’s exactly what happened in the decades after Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, back in 1882.  Jack Tchen is author of Yellow Peril? An Archive of Anti-Asian Fear. He’s a professor at NYU and founder of the Museum of Chinese in America.

Jack Tchen, New York University (@mocanyc)

Yellow Peril!

John Kuo Wei Tchen

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