Meghan Kelly from Fox News recently did an interview with Carl Higbie, a former Navy Seal, spokesman, and cochair of the Great America PAC, a group who supported Trumps candidacy. During this interview, Carl Higbie insinuated that “the Japanese Internment Camps were precedent for a Muslim Registry.” This is not the first time the topic of a Muslim Registry has come up while on the campaign trail a Yahoo reporter asked Trump “Do you think we might need to register Muslims in some type of database, or note their religion on their ID?” To which he responded saying, “We’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully,” while not making a point of rejecting the idea of a Muslim registry.
In response to the outcry about his previous statement, Trump tweeted “I didn’t suggest a database- a reporter did. We must defeat Islamic terrorism & have surveillance, including a watch list, to protect America.” However again, he did not make a point to reject the idea of a Muslim registry and for many communities in the United States this is call for concern.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, who is often regarded as one of the greatest U.S. presidents, signed Executive Order 9066, which allowed the military to relocated Japanese Americans into internment camps. While many hold FDR in high regard, consequently the history of the Japanese Internment camps, often gets swept under the rug when talking about that time period.
There has since been a public apology to the Japanese Americans who were affected by the incarcerated in the internment camps in 1988, by President Reagan. Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act which compensated the over 100,000 of the decedents during World War II. Each surviving victim was given an additional $20,000 payout and offered a formal apology.
Though the Trump Administration might not go as far as put people in internment camps, why are internment camps, being brought up when the registry is being discussed?
And if a registry is enforced isn’t it likely we will one day be apologizing for it like we had to apologize to the Japanese Americans we forced into internment camps?
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