Cruz praises Supreme Court sidestep on affirmative action

Cruz's comments came after the high court vacated the decision on University of Texas vs. Fisher. The court did not uphold or strike down the university's affirmative action system and, instead, called on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to hold a new hearing on the case. 

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The Supreme Court said the 5th Circuit Court did not properly apply "strict scrutiny" in deciding whether to rule the university's admissions program, which uses race as one of a number of factors, constitutional. 

"In recent years, universities have made major strides to expand admissions for minorities and low-income students, working hard for the American Dream. Universities should continue to do so, expanding opportunity for everyone, but that can be accomplished without discriminating on the basis of race," Cruz added.