Washington, D.C. - Congresswoman Elise Stefanik released the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling that the use of race as a determining factor in college admissions is unconstitutional due to its violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.

"This is a major victory for the American Dream and all students. Today’s Supreme Court decision correctly rules that in the United States of America, every individual has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of background or race.

American excellence was founded on the principles of merit, fairness, and equality of opportunity."