A prominent supporter of Donald Trump “set off concern and condemnation” from Muslims Wednesday after citing World War II-era Japanese-American internment camps as a “precedent” for an immigrant registry.
“The supporter, Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for Great America PAC, an independent fund-raising committee, made the comments in an appearance on “The Kelly File” on Fox News,” says the Times.
“We’ve done it based on race, we’ve done it based on religion, we’ve done it based on region,” Higbie said. “We’ve done it with Iran back — back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese.”
U.S. Sens. Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono at the White House in 2015.
But Hawaii’s two U.S. senators, both Democrats, are outraged.
Said Hirono, who is Japanese American:
“The internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II was a historic injustice and nothing like it should ever happen again. The protection of our Constitution is not conditional; it applies to all of us. We cannot allow hate speech, racism, and anti-immigrant sentiment to become the new norm in our country, and we must continue to speak out against hate and prejudice. An inclusive and vibrant America is worth fighting for.”
“The internment of Japanese Americans was a dark chapter in our history. We should remember it and never repeat the same injustice.Any suggestion that the classification of thousands of Japanese, Germans, and Italians during the World War II as ‘enemy aliens’ should be used as a precedent is immoral and must be rejected by all Americans.”
Hawaii has a large Japanese-American population.
While most internment camps were located on the mainland, there were also camps in the islands.