'Improper racial motive': Lawsuit alleges Joe Biden's student loan relief violates the 14th Amendment

'Improper racial motive': Lawsuit alleges Joe Biden's student loan relief violates the 14th Amendment
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President Joe Biden’s relief plan for student loan debt is facing yet another lawsuit with a legal challenge from an organization in Wisconsin.

According to The Washington Post, the Brown County Taxpayers Association in Wisconsin, alleges that the plan includes “improper racial motive” and "violates the 14th Amendment’s equal protection clause."

“By creating and implementing a federal program with an improper racial motive, Defendants violated the Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws, which among other things, prohibits federal spending based on race,” states the lawsuit, per documents obtained by the news outlet.

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However, the White House insists the plan, which is set to provide up to $20,000 in student loan debt relief for American borrows, will “advance racial equity.”

“Black students are more likely to have to borrow for school and more likely to take out larger loans,” the White House's student loan debt relief fact sheet states. It also adds that “Black borrowers are twice as likely to have received Pell Grants compared to their white peers.”

Per HuffPost, The White House also cited "an Urban Institute study that showed tailoring measures to graduates who were awarded Pell Grants would help make progress on racial equity."

The latest reports about the legal challenge in Wisconsin come days after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked whether or not the flurry of lawsuits will cause delays for student loan debt relief.

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On Tuesday, October 4, Jean-Pierre addressed the situation while speaking to reporters. While the press secretary did not offer a definitive answer regarding the possibility of delays, she did offer a critical assessment of Republicans fighting to stop Americans from receiving financial relief.

“It’s a shame that you have Republicans out there — Republican groups, Republican states — that are trying to stop Americans from getting a little bit of a breathing room, a little bit of a break,” Jean-Pierre told reporters.

Biden's student loan debt relief initiative is poised to help reduce the financial strain for more than 40 million Americans.

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