Japanese-American Lawmakers Rip Trump Spokesman For Supporting Muslim Registry (VIDEO, TWEETS)

Japanese-American Lawmakers Rip Trump Spokesman For Supporting Muslim Registry (VIDEO, TWEETS)

Trump supporter’s request hits close to home for many Japanese-American legislators

Several Japanese-American members of Congress have called upon Donald Trump to denounce one of his supporters who suggested that the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II sets a precedent for creating a federal registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. Some of them were personally affected by the internment camps.

Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.) has called on Trump to denounce Carl Higbie, a former spokesman for a pro-Trump political action committee who cited this awful period in American history as a case for a Muslim registry.

“I am horrified that people connected to the incoming Administration are using my family’s experience as a precedent for what President-elect Trump could do,” Takano said in a press release. Mass internments were “one of the darkest chapters in American history,” he said. He noted that Higbie’s comments “confirm many Americans’ worst fears about the Trump Administration.”

“They reflect an alarming resurgence of racism and xenophobia in our political discourse,” Takano said.

Takano and a number of other lawmakers decried remarks by leading Trump supporters who are calling for a Muslim registry. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, whom Trump was considering for attorney general , told Reuters earlier this week that he has proposed creating a registry of immigrants from Muslim countries. The President-elect has since then chosen Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) for attorney general.

And, like so many other dirtbags Trump has chosen, Sessions is an immigration hard-liner.

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In an interview with Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, Higbie pressed his case.

“We’ve done it with Iran back a while ago,” he said. “We did it during World War II with the Japanese. I’ m just saying there is precedent for it.”

On Thursday, he told The New York Times he “fundamentally disagreed with internment camps, but he stood by his earlier remarks by saying there is “historic, factual precedent to do things not politically popular and sometimes not right, in the interest of national security.”

Takano has responded by posting his statement on his Twitter page:

Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) was born in an internment camp in the Arizona desert in 1944, and she’s calling Higbie’s suggestion “outrageous, unacceptable, and reckless.”

In a tweet, she invoked the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, which was signed by President Reagan and is a formal apology issued by the government to Japanese-Americans for placing them in internment camps. The government deemed this as unjustified and the result of “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

“We cannot go backwards,” Matsui said. “The United States of America must remain a safe haven for people of all faiths and origins, and a model for tolerance, justice, and liberty,” she said.

Several other lawmakers are denouncing Higbie, including Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), along with several members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.) is one such member, and she shared an assortment of old identification cards that targeted race and religion.

The legislators are asking Trump not to repeat this shameful part of American history. They say they plan to fight back if he ignores their requests and implements a registry for immigrants or Muslim-Americans.

“No one should go through what my family … suffered regardless of their race or religion or any other way they would choose to try and divide us,” Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.). As a child, he spent three years in an internment camp.

“Now today, I tell Mr. Trump that to re-enact a policy fueled by prejudice is uncivilized, un-American and unworthy of a president sworn to uphold our Constitution.”

I’m very glad we have people like Matsui, Takano, Chu and others who bravely fight against this. And their very real experiences make those of us who are more reasonable and not bigoted realize that this should never happen again. For any reason.

You can watch Megyn Kelly interview Higbie in the video below.

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