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California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment

California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment
© Greg Nash

Members of California’s congressional delegation on Wednesday marked the 78th anniversary of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s order interning Japanese Americans in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack, which has since been commemorated as a Day of Remembrance in the Japanese American community.

“78 years after fear, hate, and division led to the signing of Executive Order 9066, California will formally apologize for its role in the internment of Japanese-Americans. We must never repeat these mistakes,” Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump knocks idea of a 'female socialist president' Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' Watch live: Biden participates in HBCU homecoming MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, linking to coverage of California’s planned apology for its role in the internment.

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"Today we remember the internment of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II," Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats to boycott committee vote on Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination The Senate should evoke RBG in its confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Pelosi, Mnuchin push stimulus talks forward, McConnell applies brakes MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted. "Let’s vow to never return to a time of such hatred and bigotry of our fellow Americans and strive to reject xenophobia wherever it appears."

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“With #EO9066, the US stripped 120,000 Japanese Americans of their rights and unduly imprisoned them in concentration camps,” Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellGraham says SC people of color can go anywhere in the state but 'need to be conservative, not liberal' President Trump, Melania Trump test positive for COVID-19 House in near-unanimous vote affirms peaceful transfer of power MORE (D-Calif.) tweeted, referencing Roosevelt’s executive order. ”78 years later, we must resolve to never let one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history repeat itself.”

Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeOcasio-Cortez, progressives call on Senate not to confirm lobbyists or executives to future administration posts Democrats accuse tech companies of deceitful tactics in campaign against Calif. ballot measure Congress fiddles while the US burns, floods, and ails MORE (D-Calif.) explicitly paralleled the internment to President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE's recently expanded travel ban applying to several predominantly Muslim countries, tweeting "On this day in 1942, the U.S. government authorized the internment of over 110,000 Japanese Americans. Today, Trump is banning people from entering the U.S. from Muslim countries. 'Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.' "

Rep. Mark TakanoMark Allan TakanoOvernight Defense: National Guard says no federal requests for election security help | Dems accuse VA head of misusing resources | Army official links COVID-19 to troop suicides Pocan won't seek another term as Progressive Caucus co-chair Democrats accuse VA head of misusing resources to stump for Trump, vulnerable GOP senators MORE (D-Calif.), whose family members were interned during the war, tweeted "78 years after Executive Order 9066 was signed, we reflect on the suffering endured by Japanese Americans in internment during World War II. We must never forget this injustice or be indifferent to the tactics used to violate the liberties of these Americans."

California was the site of two internment camps, Manzanar and Tule Lake.

State lawmakers in California are scheduled to vote on a resolution Thursday that would formally apologize for the internment of Japanese Americans during the war.