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Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action

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U.T. is fighting to keep its university diverse through an admissions policy that looks at race as one of many factors when students apply. Seventy-five percent of U.T. students are automatically admitted to the university because they graduated from their high school in the top 10 percent of their class. The rest are admitted based on several factors one of which could be race, and now it will be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if U.T. can consider race going forward.

In 2008, former applicant, Abigail Fisher, filed a lawsuit against U.T. Fisher claims she was denied admission because she is white and that minority students, who weren't as qualified were allowed in because of the university's policies.

"We see no reason for this case to be before the court at this time," said Texas NAACP President, Gary Bledsoe.

As the high court is expected to hear oral arguments Wednesday, minority groups from across Texas are coming out to support U.T. The groups including Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), MALDEF, Texas NAACP, Texas Legislative Black Caucus, and San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce say that minority populations are growing in Texas, and that should be reflected in U.T.'s student body.

"We shouldn't be talking about picking winners and losers. We should talk about broadening the kaleidoscope of options. And when you look at our colleges and universities and when you look at the amount of money and resources minority communities across the state are putting into our state system you would hope and expect that they're getting something back," said Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio.

When it comes to current students, reactions are mixed about the case. Some tell FOX 7 they support racial diversity in the admissions process while other said they don't.

"I don't think it's fair. What if someone is more qualified if their white, opposed to someone that's a different race but less qualified and they get in because they're a minority," said, Michele Darragh, a freshman at U.T.

"For someone to think that I just got here because of my race, that's frustrating," said Samantha Robles a Junior at U.T.

Robles and other students on campus are spearheading a campaign to support U.T.'s policies.

"We have less than 5 percent black students at U.T. and we only have 14 percent Hispanic students and maybe 18 percent Asian American. Those numbers still need to go up. So that is not affirmative action at all," said Robles.

The court is expected to reach a decision next year.

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