A supporter of Donald Trump is now citing the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II as a model for the incoming administration’s plans for Muslims.
Carl Higbie, who was the spokesperson for the pro-Trump Great America PAC, appeared on Fox News’ The Kelly File to fill in the details of the Trump team’s anti-immigration plans.
Higbie cited Japanese internment among the precedents for their legal framework.
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In a previous interview with Reuters, Trump transition team member and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said plans were underway for a system to register Muslims, as well as a border wall between the United States and Mexico.
In response to Higbie’s citation of internment as a legal model for treatment of Muslims, the conservative host Megyn Kelly points out that even for non-citizens, the rights extended to Americans become the rights of everyone and that citing internment is a red flag.
From 1942 to 1946, the United States government interned between 110,000 to 120,000 people in what has widely been considered one of the worst abuses of human rights undertaken by America in the modern era.
In 1976 President Gerald Ford said internment was “wrong” and a “national mistake” which “shall never again be repeated.”
President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which paid reparations from the government to survivors of internment.
In 2001, the U.S. Congress acknowledged in its budget that the sites of Japanese internment “will forever stand as reminders that this nation failed in its most sacred duty to protect its citizens against prejudice, greed, and political expediency.”