Hawaii Sen Mazie Hirono compares Trump’s immigration Executive Oder to slavery, Japanese internment
Hawaii Mazie Hirono Senator appeared on MSNBC to discuss the Democratic Party’s decision to obstruct votes on Trump’s cabinet nominees, but offered her take on President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration, border security and a stay on travel from select Islamic nations.
Hirono used the Democratic, leftist talking points to call it a “Muslim ban,” which it is NOT, and then compares it to slavery and Japanese internment.
“[E]very day that goes by, we’re not even into week two of the Trump presidency, and already he has issued an executive order that has raised concerns all over the world, including, of course, our own country, and that is his executive order on immigration that targets Muslims. And every time we go down that path to target a minority group, history proves us to be very, very wrong. So it happened with American Indians, slavery, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, with the Japanese internment.”
No surprise that Hirono voted along party lines, Betsy DeVos, Jeff Sessions and the other Trump cabinet selections, plus she was one of many Democrats who sat on the House floor following the Orlando massacre protesting the Republican Party’s refusal to compromise due process rights for Americans placed on arbitrary FBI watch lists.
She never made a statement on Omar Mateen’s Islamic State ties and decision to murder homosexuals.
Hirono is not the first Democrat to compare Trump’s executive order to the Japanese internment camps of World War II. Rep. Mark Takano (D., Calif.) made the comparison on Monday while speaking on the House floor..
The history of the U.S. government forcing Japanese Americans to live in camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor is personal for Takano: His parents and grandparents were among the people in those camps.
“History often forces us to ask ourselves: How would we have acted if we lived in that moment?” Takano mused in a fiery House floor speech. “Through the president’s recent executive order, we no longer have to wonder.”
“How you react to the Muslim ban today is how you would have reacted to the imprisonment of my grandparents and parents 75 years ago. If you are silent today, you would have been silent then. If you are complicit today, you would have been complicit then.”
Trump, a week into his presidency, issued an executive order temporarily barring U.S. entry for citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. The order also indefinitely halts all Syrian refugee resettlement in the U.S. and temporarily suspends all refugees.