Mayor Hodges: Trump Team’s Use of Japanese Internment Camps as ‘Precedent’ for Registry of American Muslims Horrifying
November 17, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Mayor Hodges issued the following statement:
“Islamophobia in all of its forms is unacceptable, dangerous, and wrong. The suggestion by members of President-elect Trump’s transition team that World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps could be viewed as a ‘precedent’ for a registry of immigrants coming to the United States from Muslim countries is horrifying.
“We have spent two generations recovering from the shame of those camps and asking how we can stop ourselves from being so hateful again. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan, a Republican, signed into law a bipartisan bill that apologized to Japanese-Americans for internment and made reparations to them. The bill, called the Civil Liberties Act, explicitly acknowledged that it was ‘race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership’ that led to the shameful internment. Yet now the Trump team is using the camps as a positive reference point for their scapegoating and hateful idea of a registry of American Muslims.
“I will have none of it. As Mayor, I will instead spend my time and energy on creating jobs, helping youth succeed, supporting entrepreneurs, keeping people and communities safe, promoting livable and affordable neighborhoods, and building community so we can keep moving forward toward One Minneapolis. We will not go backward.
“Finally, to the Muslim community in Minneapolis, I say once again: I stand with you today, and will continue to stand with you as President-elect Trump takes office.”
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Published Nov 17, 2016