Sen. Dick Durbin compared President Trump’s travel ban to the wrongful imprisonment of more than 100,000 Americans.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) claimed on Wednesday that it was his impression that Muslim Americans today are in the same mindset as Japanese Americans were during WWII when they were sent to internment camps.
Durbin’s remarks came during questioning at a Judiciary Committee hearing for President Trump’s nominee to serve as FBI Director, Christopher Wray, and touched on Trump’s travel ban.
“So, I said to you that it is my impression in meeting with Muslim Americans in my state, families, and individuals, they are in the same state of mind today as Japanese Americans were during World War II when many were headed to internment camps,” Durbin told the committee.
The internment camps were established after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who ordered more than 110,000 Japanese American’s to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which apologized for the internment camps. The Act paid survivors of the camps $20,000 each.
President Trump’s travel ban only restricts the admission of citizens from seven majority Muslim contries, it does not require Muslim Americans to report to camps.
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