California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment

California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment
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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 Devi HarrisJaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham Senators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter 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 FeinsteinBottom line Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats Senate panel votes 21-1 to back Justice IG measure over Graham objections 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 SwalwellSwalwell: Trump 'makes us look like geniuses every day for impeaching him' Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton 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 LeeNina Turner addresses Biden's search for a running mate House to vote on removing bust of Supreme Court justice who wrote Dred Scott ruling Black Caucus unveils next steps to combat racism MORE (D-Calif.) explicitly paralleled the internment to President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address 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 TakanoThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Cure Violence Global founder Gary Slutkin says violence and epidemics follow same patterns; Global death toll surpasses half a million 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.