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Author: Wen Fa

June 28, 2021

The Hill: Why farmers are fighting the USDA’s loan forgiveness program

The American Rescue Plan Act, signed into law in March, hinged eligibility for loan forgiveness on the basis of one characteristic: race. It said minority farmers are automatically entitled to a payment of 120 percent of their farm loans; white farmers are excluded, no matter how dire their circumstances. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaime ...

May 05, 2021

Harvard’s inconsistent position on discrimination ignores the full meaning of equality before the law

Later this month, Harvard University will file its brief asking the Supreme Court to refrain from reviewing its admissions policy. Its full-throated defense of the policy, which discriminates against "Asian-American" students, reveals the university's inconsistent position on discrimination. On one hand, Harvard condemns discrimination against Asia ...

April 15, 2021

The Wall Street Journal: Schools offer empty words to Asians

The horrific murders in Atlanta last week inspired an outpouring of support for Asian-Americans. "An attack on any group of us is an attack on all of us—and on everything we represent as an institution," Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. "To Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in our community: We stand ...

March 19, 2021

California’s friends miss the mark in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid

On March 22, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, Pacific Legal Foundation's latest case before the Supreme Court. As my colleague Joshua Thompson will argue before the Court, the case involves an important question of property law: Does the government have to pay the property owner when it takes ...

March 18, 2021

PLF congressional testimony against Asian American discrimination

On March 18, 2021, Pacific Legal Foundation Attorney Wencong Fa will testify before the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. Wencong will be speaking about discrimination against Asian Americans in Education. You can watch the hearing here. You can read Wencong’s statement below: *** Chairman Cohen, Vice ...

February 16, 2021

Amicus Briefs for upcoming Cedar Point Supreme Court case show importance of property rights

On March 22, my PLF colleague Senior Attorney Joshua Thompson will make arguments before the Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case of Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, one of the most important cases involving property rights in recent memory. The owners of Cedar Point Nursery, an agricultural grower in Dorris, California, ...

January 21, 2021

The Hill: Was 2020 a turning point for identity politics?

The tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer has led to renewed interest in an important topic: equality before the law. Although Americans are united in their pursuit of this important principle, they are divided on what the term means. This divide is not along right-left lines. Instead, it is between collectivists who ...

January 14, 2021

Not only does Chicago’s racial contracting set asides hurt minorities, it’s unconstitutional

In 2020, COVID-19 devastated many small businesses, including construction companies that work on public projects such as public roads, public schools, or public hospitals. In 2021, Chicago can make it easier for those contractors to earn a living by eliminating its set-asides for minority-owned businesses. Chicago's Minority Business Enterprise (M ...

January 05, 2021

The Center Square: Chicago’s racial preferences for city contracts are bad for the city

A recent scandal involving influential government officials has rocked Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports that several lawsuits have spawned from a corrupt scheme between government officials and an electric utility in Illinois. The utility company was charged with attempting to influence legislation by making payments to associates of House Spe ...

December 02, 2020

City Journal: Set-Asides Are Unconstitutional

Covid-19 has devastated small businesses nationwide, and New York's entrepreneurs and landlords have been particularly hard hit. In response, Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded millions of dollars to affected small businesses through the New York Forward Loan Fund. But to get these taxpayer-funded loans, it helps to be a minority-owned business, as ...

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