Feb. 19th marks the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, a 1942 decree from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that ordered the internment of Japanese Americans as well as some German and Italian nationals in American concentration camps during World War II.
When President Trump asserts the supremacy of his executive orders, unhampered by the power of “so-called judges” to review his actions, he disregards a foundational truth of U.S. constitutional law: the independence of the judiciary.
In a brief filed in federal court, the children of three Japanese Americans who challenged the U.S. government's detention programs during World War II are asking the court to reject President Donald Trump's travel ban because it is based on the same racist ideas that led to Japanese internment.
Richard Murakami was born in 1932 on a grape farm in Florin, Calif., outside of Sacramento. The farm was his grandfather’s, an immigrant from Japan. Richard was born on the farm, his mother, Yomiko, told him, because Sacramento hospitals refused to admit Japanese patients.
It has been three-quarters of a century since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. The order, issued just over two months after Japan's surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, gave the U.S. military the ability to designate areas "from which any or all persons may be excluded."
Seventy-five years ago, in one of the darkest moments in American history, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066. Immediately, the federal government began forcing 110,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry into concentration camps for fear they posed a threat to national security.
The documents would expose everything: the racism inherent in the president’s executive order, the cynical politics behind it, the lies told in court to defend it.
There is a saying, often attributed to Mark Twain, that history doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.
For many Japanese-Americans, it’s rhyming now, as President Donald Trump continues to push for a halt on refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries tied to terrorism.
An exhibition about the World War Two internment of Japanese Americans in the United States has begun in Washington.