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The Washington Examiner : Agricultural programs should focus on opportunity, not equity

November 22, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

Earlier this year, Congress enacted the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law in March. Proponents lauded the act as a way to promote opportunity for “working people” and to give them a “fighting chance” after the devastation wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet one provision, whi ...

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

June 28, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 ...

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

May 05, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 discrimin ...

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The Wall Street Journal : Schools offer empty words to Asians

April 15, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 ...

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

March 19, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 … ...

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PLF congressional testimony against Asian American discrimination

March 18, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 ...

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

February 16, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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, … ...

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

January 21, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 … ...

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

January 14, 2021 | By WENCONG FA

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 Enterpr ...