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(CNN) A new academic year is underway, and universities nationwide await the verdict in the latest case placing affirmative action on trial.

Supporters argue that affirmative action is necessary to address past discrimination against African Americans, and to create diverse schools and workplaces that reflect the racial and ethnic demography of the US population.

Based on the 2016 National Asian American Survey, we found that Asian immigrants are least likely to support affirmative action.

In fact, later-generation Asians are more likely to support affirmative action than Asian immigrants by a factor of three.

Among white students admitted to Harvard between 2009 and 2015, 43% fell into one of these special categories.

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