Korematsu v. the United States

The Rafu Shimpo: Ninth Circuit Civics Contest Focuses on JA Incarceration

SAN FRANCISCO — “Not to Be Forgotten: Legal Lessons of the Japanese Internment” is the theme of the 2017 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest, an essay and video contest open to high school students in the western U.S. and Pacific Islands.

TimesLedger: Survivors of Japanese internment camps see parallels today

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.

The Charlotte Observer: Korematsu case: a ‘loaded weapon’ for discrimination

Between President Trump’s executive order barring anyone from seven majority-Muslim countries from the United States and his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, a milestone passed that few noticed. Fred Korematsu, who died in 2005, would have celebrated his 98th birthday. Fred Korematsu has an important connection to both of these presidential decisions, and it is one that needs to be considered by the Senate and the Court as they make their respective decisions on whether to confirm Judge Gorsuch and whether to allow the immigration ban to stand.

The Mercury News: Courts have to be able to review executive orders like Trump’s

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.

Los Angeles Times: 75 years later, looking back at The Times' shameful response to the Japanese internment

Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, declaring parts of the United States to be military zones from which particular groups of people could be “excluded” for security reasons. The order set the stage for the relocation and internment, beginning the following month, of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry, most of whom were American citizens living on the West Coast.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: From Roosevelt to Trump, Japanese Americans see similarity in executive orders signed 75 years apart

In 1944, the majority of Supreme Court justices agreed that the nation’s security concerns outweighed the Constitution’s promise of equal rights.

The New York Times: When Lies Overruled Rights

When President Trump signed an executive order temporarily banning travel from seven majority Muslim countries, he hurled us back to one of the darkest and most shameful chapters of American history. Executive orders that go after specific groups under the guise of protecting the American people are not only unconstitutional, but morally wrong. My father, and so many other Americans of Japanese descent, were targets of just such an order during World War II.

The Modesto Bee: 75 years after World War II Internments, Japanese Americans Hope History Will Not Repeat

Seventy-five years ago, the U.S. government rounded up tens of thousands of Valley residents and sent them to internment camps.

The Washington Post: The Supreme Court reviewed an executive order. Its decision still haunts the country.

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.

The Fresno Bee: Fresno State exhibits focus on 75th anniversary of Japanese American internment order

Fresno State will host a series of events over two months commemorating the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the confinement of Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans.